Democratic Senate candidate calls Obama for help after slipping in polls: Report

Democratic Senate candidate Mandela Barnes asked President Barack Obama for help after he began slipping in the polls for his Wisconsin Senate race against incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, Politico reported Thursday.

Members of Barnes’ political campaign reached out to Obama’s team in recent days in hopes of getting the popular former president to appear in the final days before Election Day, the outlet reported. However, Obama isn’t the only high-level Democrat who could be making an appearance in Wisconsin soon, as Vice President Kamala Harris and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, will reportedly make the trip.

The latest poll shows Johnson leading by 6 points over Mandela in the final weeks before election day. The Wednesday poll by Marquette Law School showed Johnson heading into the final stretch with 52% support from likely voters, while Mandela had 46%.

Johnson and his allies found success in going after Mandela as a soft-on-crime candidate at a time when violent crimes such as murder and rape are rising across the country.

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Late.  Ron Johnson and Democratic challenger Mandela Barnes side by side.

Late. Ron Johnson and Democratic challenger Mandela Barnes side by side.
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DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 26: Former President Barack Obama speaks at a rally to support Michigan Democratic candidates at Detroit Cass Tech High School on October 26, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 26: Former President Barack Obama speaks at a rally to support Michigan Democratic candidates at Detroit Cass Tech High School on October 26, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
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Wisconsin is shaping up to be a key battleground state for not only Congress, but control of state government. Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is nearly tied with Republican Tim Michels with 47% and 46% support, respectively.

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However, Sanders’ office would not confirm any specific plans to head to Wisconsin.

“Sen. Sanders believes that in the upcoming election we need to energize working-class voters and increase turnout,” Sanders adviser Faiz Shakir told Politico. “He intends to play an active role in making that happen.”

Late.  Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to reporters as the Senate prepares for a key test vote on the For the People Act, a sweeping bill that would overhaul the election system and voting rights, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 22, 2021. The bill is a top priority for Democrats seeking to ensure access to voting and mail-in ballots, but it is opposed by Republicans as a federal overreach.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Late. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to reporters as the Senate prepares for a key test vote on the For the People Act, a sweeping bill that would overhaul the election system and voting rights, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 22, 2021. The bill is a top priority for Democrats seeking to ensure access to voting and mail-in ballots, but it is opposed by Republicans as a federal overreach. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Mandela’s call for help comes after congressional Republicans raised tens of millions in donations between July and September. The Congressional Leadership Fund PAC collected $73 million in donations over the period, $18 million more than its Democratic counterpart.

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Senate Leadership Fund, The CFL’s counterpart, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, has pledged to spend $190 million on Senate candidates this cycle.

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