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Wisconsin Senate: The Candidates

Announced Candidates:
Russell Feingold | Mark Neumann

Sen. Russell Feingold (D), incumbent
Wisconsin's freshman senator played a starring role in the debate over campaign finance reform as co-author and co-sponsor of a reform bill with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). A Rhodes Scholar and Harvard Law School graduate, Feingold made a splash in his successful 1992 bid against Sen. Robert W. Kasten Jr. (R) with campaign ads showing Elvis Presley endorsing his bid. For 10 years prior to his U.S. Senate election, he represented a suburb of Madison in the state Senate. Organizations opposing abortion rights began taking aim at Feingold last spring, when a group called First Breath began a petition effort to oust both him and Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.). The National Right to Life Committee aired radio ads targeting Feingold in November.
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Rep. Mark Neumann (R)
In the last five years, Neumann has narrowly won two of his four campaigns for electoral office. He ran unsuccessfully in 1992 and 1993 to replace former congressman and defense secretary Les Aspin (D). He won the 1st District U.S. House seat in 1994 and was reelected in 1996. In the upcoming race, Neumann says he will make Feingold's two votes against a balanced budget amendment his top issue. He has also made abortion a major issue. Neumann supported a petition drive by First Breath, a group opposing abortion rights, to recall both Feingold and Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) for their stances on the issue of late-term abortions. Veterans groups and the AFL-CIO have targeted ad campaigns against Neumann.
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