Wisconsin Democrats Line up Behind Barnes in Bid to Unseat U.S. Senator Johnson

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry will end his run for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination in Wisconsin, party officials said on Wednesday, as Democrats lined up behind Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes to take on to Republican Ron Johnson.

“I am so grateful to Alex for all of the work he’s done to move Wisconsin forward, and I’m proud to have his endorsement,” Barnes said in a statement. “We are going to unite Wisconsinites from every corner of the state to defeat Ron Johnson.”

Johnson’s seat is one of Democrats’ few opportunities to pick up a Senate seat on the Nov. 8 midterm elections. Republicans are favored to win a majority in the House, with Democrats seen having a better chance of defending their razor-thin Senate majority.

But political analysts and Republican strategists say Johnson has often been underestimated by his opponents.

Polls show Barnes running neck-and-neck with Johnson, according to FiveThirtyEight.com, a website that tracks opinion polls and politics.

(Reporting by David Morgan in Washington; Editing by Scott Malone and Matthew Lewis)

Copyright 2022 Thomson Reuters.

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