MADISON, Wis. — Today, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin endorsed Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes for U.S. Senate. Chair Ben Wikler released the following statement:

“The Democratic Party of Wisconsin proudly endorsed Mandela Barnes for the United States Senate. From his days as a community organizer to his service in the Wisconsin Assembly and as our state’s first Black Lieutenant Governor, Mandela has been a tireless champion for the issues that matter to Wisconsin’s working families. He has won the support of working people in every corner of this state because he shares their experience. As Senator, he’ll continue the fight to grow our middle class and build a more just and more prosperous Wisconsin.

“We are deeply grateful to every Democratic candidate in this primary for all that they brought to this race. As Democrats, we are a party of open and spirited debate, and of diverse opinions and experiences. While our party remained neutral in the primary to this point, the general election has now effectively begun, and our party’s endorsement means that we can immediately begin the next phase of our work to ensure victory in November.

“We are a party united in purpose. Today, we come together in the work of building a better future for Wisconsin and defeating Ron Johnson once and for all.

“Mandela Barnes is the son of a Milwaukee public school teacher and a third shift UAW auto worker. In November, Wisconsin voters will make him their next United States Senator.”

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