Democratic Candidate Calls Barack Obama as Worries Mount Before Election
(TargetLiberty.org) – A Democratic Senate hopeful is calling senior party members ahead of next month’s midterm elections. Wisconsin candidate Mandela Barnes wants former President Barack Obama and other top Dems to help him in his race — and, despite Obama wanting to hang back in this electoral cycle, this is one visit he might make. The Democrats are seriously worried about Wisconsin.
Politico is reporting that the Barnes campaign has reached out to Barack Obama about campaigning together in the final stretch before Election Day.
That would be a big deal, as no one has driven turnout in the city of Milwaukee quite like Barack Obama: https://t.co/MBinAiBkzY
— Dan Shafer (@DanRShafer) October 13, 2022
Over the last few days, Barnes’s campaign team has been in touch with Obama pleading for his help with the candidate’s lackluster campaign. With just over three weeks to go until the election, polls put Barnes at 46%, while incumbent Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) is at 52%. Barnes seems to have misjudged the electorate, allowing the GOP campaign to label him as soft on crime — in the middle of a violent crime wave. Now, he’s desperately trying to bring in high-level support.
Obama is reluctant to get too involved in the midterms, believing his presence in a state is likely to energize the Republicans at least as much as the Democrats he’s supposed to be helping, but Wisconsin is a key battleground state. As well as Barnes’ poor performance in the Senate race, GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels is just 1% behind Governor Tony Evers (D). There are also rumors that Vice President Kamala Harris and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will appear to shore up Barnes’s campaign. Will Obama join them?
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