Ron Johnson leads Mandela Barnes in worrying poll for Democrats

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Ron Johnson, a Republican senator in a close re-election race in Wisconsin, is now almost dead even with his Democratic challenger in a new poll showing the latest signs that the GOP could regain control of the Senate.

A new poll released Wednesday by Marquette University School of Law shows that 49% of voters back Johnson’s re-election to a third term. Democratic candidate Mandela Barnes, the state’s current lieutenant governor, was backed by 48% of voters in the poll after earlier polls established him as the frontrunner. The poll heralds more potential bad news for Democrats battling to hold onto a narrow Senate majority heading into the November election.

A poll released by the university in August shortly after the Wisconsin primary showed Barnes leading with 52% of likely voters, compared to Johnson’s 45%. While Johnson leads in the new survey, conducted Sept. 6-11 of 801 registered Wisconsin voters, his lead remains within the poll’s margin of error.

Both candidates have sought to use the sign of the race tightening to rally their supporters.

Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, speaks during a news conference June 10, 2021 in Washington, DC A recent poll shows Johnson neck and neck in the upcoming election with Democratic challenger Mandela Barnes.
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“Today’s latest poll shows that Ron Johnson and I are neck and neck in this race,” Barnes said in a tweet ask for donations for the campaign. “Social security, access to abortion, marriage equality – it’s all at stake. We need the resources to compete and overthrow this siege.”

Johnson also reacted with a Tweeter saying he had always treated the race as close, adding that the people of Wisconsin have a better idea of ​​his opponent.

“We finally got to honestly tell the people of Wisconsin what Barnes really believes,” he said. added. “He is a radical progressive who is simply unfit to be a United States Senator.”

Republicans need just one seat in the 2022 midterm elections to secure a majority in the equally divided Senate. Democrats have looked to Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, two states with Republican incumbents who voted for Joe Biden in 2020, as their strongest potential picks.

The Wisconsin survey follows two recent polls indicating tighter racing in Nevada and Georgia. Democratic senators from both states are fending off Republican challengers backed by endorsements from former President Donald Trump.

A poll this month in Nevada by Emerson College Polling, 8 News Now and The Hill put GOP Senate nominee Adam Laxalt narrowly ahead with 42% to incumbent Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto’s 41%.

Republican Herschel Walker, a former NFL star who won the coveted Heisman Trophy while in college, leads the Georgia Senate race with 47%, according to an InsiderAdvantage/FOX 5 Atlanta poll released earlier. early this month. The results currently show Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock trailing by 44%.

Newsweek contacted the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee and the Republican National Senate Committee for comment.



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