Sen. Ron Johnson, speaks at a one on one with Emilee Fannon, with WKOW-TV, during The Cap Times Idea Fest at UW-Madison in Madison, on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Photo by Michelle Stocker

Republican Ron Johnson, considered one of the most vulnerable members of the U.S. Senate, is expected to announce next week that he’s seeking a third term, according to two sources with direct knowledge of his plans.

Johnson, R-Oshkosh, vowed ahead of his 2016 reelection that it would be his final term in office. But he has since hedged on that vow, saying he hadn’t anticipated full Dem control of Congress and the White House. He was first elected in 2010.

A Johnson spokesman didn’t immediately return messages from WisPolitics.com seeking comment.

The sources said Johnson plans to announce his reelection bid via video and then do a tour later.

As news of Johnson’s pending announcement broke, state Dem Party Chair Ben Wikler said Wisconsin voters will “relish the opportunity to fire Johnson.”

“Johnson’s relentless attacks on working families, health care, and the bedrock principles of American democracy disqualify him from a third term, and his presence on the ballot will ensure that voters turn out in record numbers to defeat Republicans at every level,” Wikler said.

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