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Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold set to fall, according to exit poll

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Update: NBC projects Johnson over Feingold

At 10:45 p.m. ET, NBC News projected that Russ Feingold had lost his bid for re-election to the Senate.

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Russ Feingold, the iconic Democratic senator from Wisconsin, is set to lose his Senate seat in tonight’s election, according to an exit poll published Tuesday by The Drudge Report, and recent polling conducted for his seat. The numbers are also reflected by exit polls leaked to The Huffington Post.

The exits showed Feingold behind Johnson by five percentage points. Polling in the race between Feingold — a Democrat — and Ron Johnson — the Republican, appears below.

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In any other election year, the three-term incumbent from this Democratic-leaning midwestern state should have easily beat opponent Ron Johnson, a wealthy businessman with no previous political experience and little in the way of specific policy proposals.

But voters were frustrated with the slow pace of the economic recovery and Democrats — who control Congress and the White House — bore much of the their ire.

Further complicating matters was a recent Supreme Court decision to overturn the campaign finance law Feingold co-authored and allow corporations to essentially spend as much as they want on political advertising.

While Feingold stuck to his principles and told outside groups to stay away — including the Democratic Party’s Senatorial Campaign Committee — Johnson did not.

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The plastics manufacturer spent millions of his own money on the race and outside groups spent more than two million dollars on ads either supporting Johnson or attacking Feingold, according to the Sunlight Foundation.

One cartoonish ad paid for by a group called Speech Now painted Feingold as a double-talking Washington insider who voted for “government run health care, huge tax increases and record debt.”

“He’s trying to buy this election but we’re not going to let him do it,” Feingold recently told an enthusiastic group of a few hundred supporters who huddled under umbrellas at a Milwaukee early-voting rally.

“We will be outspent, but we will never be out-organized. This seat will not be bought. It has to be earned. And we’ll earn it right now before the rain gets worse by going to vote!”

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It may be, however, that money –and election advertising — ultimately ruled the day.

Senate Polls, Wisconsin, General Election Match-ups

Polling Date Polling Company Russ Feingold (D) Ron Johnson (R)
10/28/2010

McCLatchy

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45%

52%

10/28/2010

PPP

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44%

53%

10/25/2010

Rasmussen

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46%

53%

10/12/2010

CNN

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44%

52%

10/11/2010

Rasmussen

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45%

52%

10/11/2010

Reuters

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44%

51%

9/29/2010

Rasmussen

42%

54%

9/28/2010

McClatchy

45%

52%

9/25/2010

Fox News

44%

52%

9/21/2010

CNN

45%

51%

9/19/2010

Daily Kos

41%

52%

9/15/2010

Rasmussen

44%

51%

8/24/2010

Rasmussen

46%

47%

7/27/2010

Rasmussen

46%

48%

7/13/2010

Rasmussen

46%

47%

7/12/2010

Magellan

45%

43%

7/10/2010

University of Wisconsin

33%

28%

6/27/2010

PPP

45%

43%

With Agence France-Presse.

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused Twitter of "censoring" him in an angry rant on Fox Business.

During an interview with Fox Business's Maria Bartiromo, the president said that Twitter was intentionally lowering his follower count, which he claimed made it "harder for me to get out the message."

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Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that his country remains unbowed by pressure exerted by the United States and its "insults" against the Islamic republic.

"The Iranian nation seeks dignity, independence and progress; that's why pressures by cruel enemies do not affect Iranians," Khamenei said in a speech to a crowd in Tehran.

"The graceful Iranian nation has been accused and insulted by the world's most vicious regime, the US, which is a source of wars, conflicts and plunder," he said, quoted by his office.

"The Iranian nation won't give up over such insults," said Khamenei.

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