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Democrats Unite on Challenger to Wisconsin GOP Senator Ron Johnson

  • Another challenger bows out of Senate primary campaign
  • Wisconsin contest could decide which party controls Senate
Mandela Barnes
Mandela BarnesPhotographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
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Wisconsin State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski dropped out of the state’s Democratic US Senate primary Friday and endorsed Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, clearing his path to victory in the Aug. 9 contest that will set Barnes up to challenge GOP Senator Ron Johnson in November.

Her decision comes the same week that the other two leading candidates -- Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry and Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson -- also ended their bids and backed Barnes. Barnes has been leading in recent Democratic primary polls.