Mandela Barnes wins Democratic Senate nomination in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Lieutenant Gov. Mandela Barnes drove to his state’s Democratic nomination for Senate on Tuesday night, setting up a general election campaign against incumbent Senator Ron Johnson (R), who could determine control of the US Senate.

Barnes has long been the leader of the Democratic primary, though his lead has been shaky at times by Milwaukee Bucks manager Alex Lasry, who pumped millions of his own money into the race. However, in the last few weeks before the primary, Lasry and two other contenders dropped out of the contest in an apparent attempt to solidify support behind Barnes.

Running on a progressive platform, Barnes has received endorsements from Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren and so-called Democratic kingmaker House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D), among many others.

He will now face Johnson, who is recognized as one of the GOP’s most vulnerable incumbents this cycle.

Wisconsin remains a swing state, having gone to former President Donald Trump in 2016 and President Joe Biden in 2020. 6 Capitol riots make him a top Democrat target.

With control of the Senate at stake, Democrats’ national campaign weapons are expected to invest heavily in the race. If elected, Barnes, 35, would be Wisconsin’s first black senator and one of the youngest members of the chamber. Mandela Barnes wins Democratic Senate nomination in Wisconsin


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