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WI Senate race stops in Eau Claire

Eau Claire (WQOW) -

A new poll out Tuesday shows Russ Feingold is once again leading a tight Wisconsin Senate race. 

A CBS/YouGov poll has Feingold ahead of Incumbent Senator Ron Johnson by 3 points, 45 to 42. That's after a poll Monday showed Johnson leading the race for the first time this election cycle. 

Both were in Eau Claire Tuesday to talk about the issues they think are most important to Wisconsin voters. Feingold addressed a crowd downtown in the morning, talking about his commitment to protect Social Security and Medicare. 

"These are the sharp issues of concern for Wisconsin families," Feingold said. 

He was joined by the president of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and musician and actor Jon "Bowzer" Bauman. Feingold spoke to an enthusiastic audience about his plans to protect seniors and encouraged them to vote early. 

He told News 18 the difference between him and his opponent, Incumbent Senator Ron Johnson, is very obvious. 

"I'm the candidate who is supporting keeping Social Security strong and a public program," Feingold said. "Senator Johnson calls it a Ponzi Scheme and he had proposed and supported privatizing Social Security." 

"Well it's a legal Ponzi Scheme, but let me describe what I'm talking about here," Johnson responded later in the day. "I actually want to save Social Security, but the only way you solve a problem is actually admitting you have one. Let's not delude ourselves." 

Senator Johnson was also in Eau Claire for a round table discussion about the impact of Obamacare on Wisconsin's working families. 

Johnson has said in the past that if re-elected, he doesn't plan on running for a third term in 2022, but argues that she shouldn't be considered a lame duck. 

"I'll go into my next term as chairman of the Senate Committee of Homeland Security and Government Affairs," Johnson said. "Senator Feingold in 18 years in the Senate was never a chairman, I became chairman in my first term. It's a very important responsibility and can pay big dividends for Wisconsin." 

Voters can watch Johnson and Feingold debate on Friday, October 14 and Tuesday, October 18 on WQOW News 18. Friday's debate runs from 7-8 p.m. and Tuesday's will air from 8:30-10 p.m.

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