Mandela Barnes wins Wisconsin Democratic Senate primary, to face Sen. Ron Johnson

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes has won the Democratic Senate primary and will face Republican Sen. Ron Johnson.

Barnes’ top rivals dropped out of the race last month and backed Barnes in Tuesday’s primary. It was a sign of Democrats’ intense focus on defeating Johnson.

The Senate is currently split 50-50, with Democrats relying on the vice president to break ties, and the Wisconsin contest is expected to be one of the most competitive races for control.

Voters also are choosing a Republican nominee for governor who could reshape how elections are conducted in the marquee battleground.

U.S. Senate – Wisconsin
US Senate – Wisconsin (D)
Last Updated: 2022-09-28 03:58:07
Precincts Reporting: 3573 of | 99%
Votes
Barnes (D)
Mandela Barnes (D)
389,942
78%
Lasry (D)
Alex Lasry (D)
44,597
9%
Godlewski (D)
Sarah Godlewski (D)
40,454
8%
Nelson (D)
Tom Nelson (D)
10,936
2%
Olikara (D)
Steven Olikara (D)
5,611
1%
Williams (D)
Darrell Williams (D)
3,641
1%
Lee (D)
Kou Lee (D)
3,465
1%
Peckarsky (D)
Peter Peckarsky (D)
2,443
1%
Full Results
US Senate – Wisconsin (R)
Last Updated: 2022-09-28 03:58:07
Precincts Reporting: 3573 of | 99%
Votes
Johnson (R) (I)
Ron Johnson (R) (I)
563,227
84%
Schroeder (R)
David Schroeder (R)
109,748
16%
Full Results

Former President Donald Trump has endorsed businessman Tim Michels while former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch is backed by former Vice President Mike Pence.