MILWAUKEE (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says he intends to break the trend and become the first Republican to win election to the Senate in a presidential year in Wisconsin since 1980.
Johnson held a telephone conference call Friday in advance of his Democratic challenger Russ Feingold speaking later at the Wisconsin Democratic Party convention.
Johnson defeated Feingold in 2010 and Feingold announced last month that he intended to run again next year in a rematch. Feingold held the seat for 18 years prior to losing to Johnson.
Johnson says Feingold believes he is entitled to the seat and voters already made their minds up in 2010 when they decided against re-electing him to a fourth term. Johnson says Feingold "obviously doesn't trust their judgment."