MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democrat Russ Feingold has decided to run for his old Senate seat in Wisconsin against Republican Ron Johnson, who defeated him in 2010.
Associated Press obtained Feingold's announcement Thursday before it was to be sent in a video message to supporters. He was widely expected to get into the race, and no other Democrat has publicly expressed interest.
The race is expected to be one of the most contentious nationwide and will be a priority for Democrats as they attempt to win back majority control of the Senate.
The 62-year-old Feingold served three terms in the Senate between 1993 and 2011. He lost by 5 points to Johnson in the 2010 midterm election.