Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) has announced that he will not run for the senate seat currently occupied by retiring Sen. Herb Kohl. The decision paves the way for Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D), who has already been actively fundraising for a possible campaign, to launch her bid to become the first openly-gay senator.
Towleroad’s Andrew Belonsky points to this Public Policy Polling: “If Feingold sits it out Tammy Baldwin is looking like the early favorite. In a three way race with Ron Kind and Steve Kagen she leads with 37% to 21% for Kind and 15% for Kagen. And in just a two way race with Kagen she leads 48–19.”