U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson appears poised to announce as early as next week that he’s running for reelection, according to two highly placed Republican sources.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has learned that in recent weeks Johnson reached out to potential staffers and advisers in preparation for the campaign.
High on Johnson’s to-do list: hiring a campaign manager and a general consultant.
Johnson has drawn out his decision-making for months even as a large field of Democrats assembled to take him on in the midterms. By running, he’ll be breaking a past campaign pledge to serve only two terms.
“I’m not ready to say anything,” Johnson told CNN, which reported that Republicans were bullish about prospects that he would run again.
During an interview last fall with the Journal Sentinel, Johnson said he was best positioned to retain the seat for Republicans.
“Oh, it’s not just me, I think just about everybody I talk to. I mean the political pros believe that,” Johnson said.
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