It wasn’t supposed to be this way.
The Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor was riding high over the summer, leading in the polls, until his inner crazy was showcased to the public.
But Mandela Barnes just couldn’t take a hint after the voters have told him to buzz off.
Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson was elected to a new term in last Tuesday’s election.
But his opponent refused to bow to reality.
GOP Senator put Barnes in his place with with the cold, hard math
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) tore into radical Democrat Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes (D) for refusing to admit defeat, saying Wednesday, “The votes are in. In all Democrat strongholds, municipalities are reporting 100% of wards are in and counted. There is no path mathematically for Lt. Gov. Barnes to overcome his 27,374 vote deficit. This race is over.”
Johnson then dug the knife in and turned a favored Democrat talking point against Mandela.
He asked, “Will you accept defeat trailing by 27,000 votes? In 2020, Joe Biden claimed victory in Wisconsin with a 20,000 vote margin.”
The Johnson camp explained that the outstanding vote favored the Republican.
Johnson said, “There are some counties that have anywhere from 3-10% of the votes outstanding. These localities represent areas where we are winning by over 60%.”
Corporate media outlets agreed.
Politico, Associated Press, and NBC News agreed, calling the race in favor of Johnson.
New: Ron Johnson (R) declares race is over against Mandela Barnes (D) in Wisconsin Senate race.
Race has yet to be called by major outlets. Johnson has 27,374 vote lead. pic.twitter.com/LdBJtmy3Yb
— Lawrence Andrea (@lawrencegandrea) November 9, 2022
NRCSC chairman and potential McConnell replacement as Senate GOP leader praise Wisconsin Republican
National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) said, “Ron is a tireless advocate for small businesses and the hardworking people of Wisconsin. He brings commonsense solutions to the Senate and always fights to protect and defend the security of our homeland and our priorities abroad, and deeply cares about the betterment of his state.”
Democrats spent gobs of money in a failed attempt to flip the Senate seat in the Badger State.
Barnes spent $96 million dollars of donor cash and the race was the fifth most expensive in the country with $185,811,066 spent, according to Open Secrets.
Barnes led in public polling of the race through mid-summer, but a series of videos surfaced of the Lieutenant Governor making radical statements lamenting the founding of the country and pushing policies that would have hampered law enforcement.
After that, Johnson took the lead and remained ahead in polling through Election Day.
Johnson ran a good campaign and deserves credit for prevailing in a political environment that was tougher than expected, but in the end it was Barnes’ own radicalism that prevented him from winning a seat in what is billed as the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.