Still more bad news for Sen. Russ Feingold

The bad news keeps coming for Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), the most liberal member of the Jewish delegation in the Senate.

According to a new Rasmussen poll, GOP challenger and political neophyte Ron Johnson now enjoys a seven point lead over the two-term incumbent less than two months from the November election.

According to the Real Clear Politics Web site, “while both candidates are holding their respective party’s voters — 94 percent of Republicans support Johnson, and 86 percent of Democrats back Feingold — Johnson wins non-affiliated voters by nearly two-to-one. Additionally, though 51 percent of Wisconsin voters still have a favorable view of Feingold, he is hampered by opposition to President Obama and the health care reform bill in the state.”

And “fifty-five percent of Wisconsin voters support repealing the health care bill,” RCP reports.

The wealthy Johnson isn’t exactly a Tea Party candidate; he’s had uneven relations with leaders of the insurgent movement which generally supported his GOP opponent in this year’s primary.

But that could be changing. The AP reported yesterday that “Wisconsin tea party groups largely stayed out of endorsing candidates in the U.S. Senate race before the September primary, but now some in the movement are reconsidering and pushing to get behind the Republican candidate Ron Johnson.”

The Jewish vote isn’t big enough to make much of a difference in Wisconsin, and the race doesn’t have big-time pro-Israel implications. But Feingold is popular with progressive Jewish groups that focus mostly on the domestic agenda, and you can bet they’ll be watching this race with anxiety.

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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.