Senate Majority PAC just dropped $2 million on a Wisconsin advertising blitz to help former Sen. Russ Feingold (above) in his bid to unseat Sen. Ron Johnson. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer, File)

Democrats insist that they’ve wrapped up the Wisconsin Senate race already. But a last minute influx of cash indicates that the Badger State remains a battle ground.

Senate Majority PAC just dropped $2 million on a Wisconsin advertising blitz to help former Sen. Russ Feingold in his bid to unseat Sen. Ron Johnson. Republicans are pointing to that airdropped cash as a sign that the seat is still up for grabs.

Most commentators had written Wisconsin off as a Democrat win. Since entering the race in May, Feingold has led Johnson in the polls, sometimes by as much as 12 points. But Johnson managed to stay alive by running as an outsider during an anti-incumbent election cycle. He’s whittled Feingold’s lead in half.

“Senator Feingold’s Washington allies have finally admitted that Wisconsinites are getting ready to fire him one last time,” said Brian Reisinger. “With this race tighter than ever he needs their help to save his political ambitions.”

Democrats dismiss that analysis and insist that after a record $19 million fundraising haul by the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee, they’re just looking for somewhere to spend their money.

The seat is critical to Democrats’ hope of wrestling back control of the Senate. If Johnson can hold on, Republicans might be able to send minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., into retirement disappointed.

Philip Wegmann is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.

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