Before the August 9 state primaries, the Supreme Court Roe decided on stiff competition among the leading Democratic candidates to take on Johnson. Their jostling shows the party’s intense focus on picking the best candidate to capitalize on the progressive energy over the high court ruling that put Planned Parenthood’s abortion procedure on hold. stop in the state.
“We need people who are willing to stand up to get out of the mess and pass legislation in this country that we desperately need,” Sen said. Elizabeth Warren (D-Volume.). “We need pro-choice fighters.”
Warren, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (DS.C.) is supporting Mandela Barnes, the 35-year-old governor of Wisconsin who has been leading the polls for months. However, the 34-year-old CEO of the Milwaukee Bucks, Alex Lasry, is catching up after spending millions own dollars.
That’s not all: Sarah Godlewski, 40-year-old state treasurer and Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson, 46, fill the top candidate pool in a state with a surprising primaries history. Democratic Party.
All four candidates have a generational contrast to the tempered Johnson, who is 67-year-old running for a third term after twice defeating former Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wis.). Every Democratic candidate wants to eliminate opposition to preserve Roeand no one believes in any abortion restrictions.
The biggest difference between them is the addition of seats to the Supreme Court, a liberal goal that Nelson supports, Barnes openly and Godlewski and Lasry oppose.
Progressive representation. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) Agree that very little separates the quartet on abortion. But with overwhelming support for Democrats, all four are going all out to present themselves as the biggest abortion rights advocates in the mainstream.
Barnes, who would be the state’s first Black senator if elected, said his record in Wisconsin politics is “a very close friend to Planned Parenthood.” Lasry said his wife’s work for Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin allows him to “see firsthand every day” the battle for abortion rights. Godlewski said she could more effectively prosecute the case against Johnson as the Democratic’s most preliminary woman, while Nelson touted her ratings with rights groups. pregnant.
The race has an obviously nice Midwest vibe, with candidates often training openly about Johnson rather than each other – despite a lot of trash talk behind the scenes. And since Democrats need to beat Johnson to have any hope of implementing their agenda next year, party leaders are trying to keep it that way.
“If anyone does anything unfair, I will call them first, personally. And if they don’t stop doing it, I’ll call them out publicly. I still haven’t had to do that, part two. I had to do the first part a few times,” said Pocan, who was neutral in the Senate primaries and describes his role as “just trying to keep the peace.”
That could become more difficult as the nation’s attention shifts to the skirmish between the four-way rotation of nations. In an interview, Barnes harshly questioned the nomination of a wealthy candidate like Lasry or Godlewski to take on Johnson, a wealthy conservative businessman.
“What if our case for our billionaire voters is better than Republican billionaires? I don’t see that as a winning message. People are tired of the millionaires’ club. They want people in Washington to understand exactly what they’re going through,” Barnes said.
When asked to respond, Lasry said he didn’t want to participate in a “sideshow” but shot the delicate scene himself.
“What voters get tired of are career politicians with no track record… just always looking for the next thing to run for,” Lasry said.
Godlewski said she kicked off her campaign with the abortion access message, adding a quip that when “you look at other people in this race, they just decided to talk about it recently.”
But if there’s anyone who really tested Pocan’s pacifist skills in the Senate primary, it’s Nelson, who is running as the purest progressive.
Nelson said of his time in the state legislature: “It was an important thing to be a defender of women’s reproductive rights in the blue part of the state, completely different in the red part of the state. or state purple. “Mandela was there for two terms, but he represents one of the most Democratic and supportive counties in the state. You know, whoop-dee-doo. “
Barnes in the lead Marquette University poll with 25 percent of the 369 Democratic primary voters, while Lasry had 21 percent, Godlewski 9 percent and Nelson 7 percent. Some Democrats call back Feingold come from nowhere in 1992 to win the party’s Senate nomination with the symbol Ads require endorsement from Elvis and declares he will not “stoop” his opponent.
In other words, people in the state warn that a lot could change in six weeks, and all four candidates look set to compete with Johnson. What’s more, more than a third of primaries remain undecided, a sign that Wisconsin’s primaries are undecided just five weeks before Election Day.
“That race was competitive all the time. And not many people talk about it,” Sen said. Ben Ray Lujan (DN.M.), who said the campaign branch of the Senate Democrats was wise to stay neutral.
According to the candidates, however, Roe reversed – as well as Johnson and .’s anti-abortion views confusing answer about his staff relaying a false Electoral College note on January 6th – brought the messy preliminary issue to the forefront of voters’ minds. Barnes said he had his best fundraising day since the Supreme Court’s decision, and Lasry said it “crystallized the stakes of this election” against Johnson.
“It really shook up the race,” Nelson said. “The supporters have been on the defensive for the past 50 years, and now they’re attacking.”
Johnson praised the Supreme Court’s decision on abortion but said it would be up to states to come up with specific abortion policies. That has proven difficult in Wisconsin, which has a Democratic governor, a GOP-controlled legislature, and a 1849 abortion restriction law. As Godlewski put it, “We won’t be able to complete it. do this at the state level. So our only hope is to get this done at the federal level.”
That would require an outspoken opposition from Democrats: keep the House, protect all of their Senate incumbents, and pick two seats, possibly including Wisconsin. With John Fetterman going against the counter-protester winning the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate nomination, it makes America’s Dairyland primaries among the most important political days left in the year. This year’s calendar for the Democratic Party.
“Unless we get rid of Ron Johnson, we will never have a majority in the Senate,” Pocan said. “We’re trying to get people to focus on the prize.”