Wisconsin’s Republican Senator Ron Johnson has officially secured his re-election to a third term over Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, helping with the GOP’s push towards taking the Senate majority.
The race was called Wednesday morning with Johnson winning 50.5% of the votes, while Barnes got 49.5%, with 99% of the votes being reported.
Before the race was called, Johnson expressed his frustration with the media for not calling the race when he believed he had clearly won.
“The corporate media is refusing to call a race that is over. 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. Truth has prevailed over lies and the politics of personal destruction.”
These localities represent areas where we are winning by over 60%.
There is no path mathematically for Lt. Gov. Barnes to overcome his 27,374 vote deficit. This race is over.
Truth has prevailed over lies and the politics of personal destruction.
— Ron Johnson (@RonJohnsonWI) November 9, 2022
Johnson has been constantly battling against criticism from the Left for his stance on abortion and Covid-19 treatments.
The Republican Senator built his campaign on policies of crime and criminal justice issues, while Barnes, like most of the Democratic candidates, focused on abortion issues. Abortion issues, as predicted, did not have as much of an impact on the voting results as the Democrats had anticipated.
In a statement after the race was called, the defeated Barnes said, “We didn’t get over the finish line this time. But I know this movement that has meant so much to all of us will keep going.”
The GOP is currently holding 49 seats, and the Democrat Party has 48. Securing 51 seats would mean winning the majority.
Still too close to call in the Senate race are the winners in Georgia, Arizona, and Nevada.
The Senate race in Georgia between incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican candidate Herschel Walker is heading to a runoff on December 6 because, with over 95% of votes counted, neither candidate has acquired the required majority of votes.
Georgia state law requires the winning candidate to receive at least 50% of the vote.
Walker received 48.52% of the votes, while Warnock was slightly ahead with 49.42%.
At Walker’s election party on Tuesday night, he told his supporters, “We’re in a fight,” and urged them to “hang there a little bit longer.”
“I’m telling you right now, I’m like Ricky Bobby,” he said, referencing the main character in Talladega Nights. “I didn’t come to lose.”