By Associated Press - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Latest on Wisconsin’s Senate race (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

Democrat Russ Feingold’s campaign manager says turnout is going to make all the difference in Wisconsin’s Senate race.

The message was delivered Wednesday to Feingold backers after a Marquette University Law School poll was released showing the race to be about even with six days to go until Election Day. Three weeks ago the poll showed similar numbers.

Feingold campaign manager Tom Russell says they always thought the race would be close. But they remain confident based on other factors, including early voter turnout in Democratic areas.

Johnson spokesman Brian Reisinger says the poll shows “the momentum is clearly with Ron Johnson.” Marquette’s poll in August showed Feingold up by 11 points among likely voters.


12:15 p.m.

Democrat Russ Feingold and Republican Sen. Ron Johnson are making the rounds in the waning days of the Senate race with some national political leaders.

Feingold rallied with Hillary Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine on Tuesday, while Johnson made his first campaign appearance at a Donald Trump rally.

Feingold was to campaign Wednesday night with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, while Johnson was preparing to embark on a bus tour that’s to include House Speaker Paul Ryan and Gov. Scott Walker.

The campaigning comes as the latest Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday shows the race to be about even.

The poll of 1,255 likely voters was conducted Oct. 26 through Monday and has a margin of error of 3.5 points.


10:15 a.m.

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson is making his closing arguments to voters in a pair of contrasting new ads.

One spot airing Wednesday features Johnson sitting in front of a fireplace as soothing guitar music plays in the background and he talks about what unites Americans and Wisconsinites. The other has ominous music and dark images painting his Democratic opponent Russ Feingold as a hypocrite.

Feingold’s latest ad features the former three-term senator saying he’s heard from seniors afraid Johnson is going to turn Medicare into a voucher program and families who want a “fair shake.”

Outside groups are also flooding the airwaves with negative attack ads in the waning days of the race that both sides see as critical to determining which party will have control of the Senate.


10 a.m.

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson is making his closing arguments to voters with a new television ad attacking his Democratic opponent Russ Feingold as a hypocrite.

The narrator in the spot released Wednesday says Feingold has spent 34 years in politics “with very few accomplishments and a lot of broken promises.” It highlights Feingold’s vote for President Barack Obama’s federal health care law and reversing himself on a 1992 campaign promise to take the majority of his donations from Wisconsin residents.

Feingold spokesman Michael Tyler says “Senator Johnson is ending his campaign the same way he’s spent the last six years in Washington - focused on himself and the best way he can rig the system for giant corporations and multi-millionaires like him.”


8:57 a.m.

Democratic former Sen. Russ Feingold and a PAC supporting his candidacy have both launched new television ads with the election less than a week away.

The End Citizens United PAC announced Wednesday it was spending $500,000 on ads in Wisconsin to counter millions being spent by supporters of Feingold’s challenger incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson.

Feingold also launched a new ad called “Bigger Van” that emphasizes his travels across the state, saying he heard from seniors “concerned Ron Johnson is going to turn Medicare into a voucher program.”

And the GOP’s Senate Leadership Fund PAC released its attack ad that’s part of a previously announced $2 million ad buy against Feingold.

The former three-term senator was to campaign Wednesday night with Sen. Bernie Sanders in Milwaukee.


This story has been corrected to reflect that End Citizens United is a PAC, not a super PAC.

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