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Wisconsin democratic senator Herb Kohl has announced he will not seek a fifth term.
That means Democrats who lost the other senate seat in Wisconsin -- intent need to defend an open seat against Republicans in a swing state.
-- rusty brown has the story.
Even though I continued to love this job.
I decided that the time has come to give someone else.
The opportunity to serve.
-- Kohl's decision not to run next -- seemingly makes it tougher for Democrats to hold their US senate majority with a six vote edge now Democrats head into 2012 needing to defend thirteen more seats than Republicans do.
COLT who owns the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks -- made millions from the Kohl's department store chain head freely spend is well on his prior campaigns and won them easily.
Other Democrats may have a ready made candidate -- former senator Russ Feingold his political action committee ended the first quarter.
With a million and a half in the bank plus there are already two draft Feingold online petitions.
And he got a verbal nudge from Illinois senator Dick -- today.
I don't know if -- interest in running again but he was such a very good member of the United States -- such close friend.
That expresses interest that I -- it helped me.
But one Wisconsin political watcher says last fall's reelection campaign lost a first time candidate Republican Ron Johnson could make Feingold hesitate when he lost in the sense just about.
And Inglis on Republican candidates so.
I think as much as he wants to run he might end up deciding not to run I think -- a longer shot than most people expect.
Potential Republican candidates include former governor Tommy Thompson and congressman Paul Ryan who says in a statement he won't be discussed this -- my family and supporters before making any decision.
The fact that -- is considering a senate bid -- a large number of Wisconsin Republicans who kind of made a parlor game in the last couple cycles.
Guessing as -- when Ryan -- should reach for higher office as far as the -- -- now Herb -- he was asked the body Feingold candidacy he says no -- run any names by him.
Brett Steve Brown a -- in Chicago tonight Steve thank you.
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