Rep. Paul Ryan is Wisconsin Republicans’ top choice to run for Senate in 2012, according to a new poll from the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling looking at Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl’s potential re-election bid.
Roll Call Politics rates this race Leans Democratic in part because Kohl, who is 75, hasn’t announced whether he will run for a fifth term.
Kohl handily won re-election in 2006, but in 2012 it may not be so easy. Fellow Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold, first elected in 1992, lost to first-time Republican candidate Ron Johnson, 52 percent to 47 percent, this fall. Wisconsin Democrats also lost two House seats, the governor’s office and control of both chambers of the state Legislature on Election Day.