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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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.”
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.