U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, formally declared victory over Dem rival Mandela Barnes Wednesday morning as several national media outlets called the race for the incumbent.
Ahead of the national media calls in his race, Johnson chided the “corporate media” for not declaring him the winner sooner, saying there was no path for Barnes to overtake him considering what precincts were still unreported.
“Truth has prevailed over lies and the politics of personal destruction,” Johnson said.
Meanwhile, The Associated Press and other outlets have called the 3rd CD for Republican Derrick Van Orden.
That prompted the former Navy SEAL to call on Pfaff to concede.
“With a dwindling number of precincts left to report in the district, all of which have historically voted Republican, and with several major outlets calling our victory, it is time to get on with the people’s work,” Van Orden said.
Pfaff said in a statement insiders and national prognosticators didn’t give him a chance to win the rural western Wisconsin district, but voters showed up in an “unprecedented way.”
“We left it all on the field, and I am so proud of the race that we ran,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Dem opponents of Republicans Rob Hutton in the 5th SD, Rachel Cabral-Guevara in the 19th SD and Romain Quinn in the 25th SD have all conceded. That puts Republicans at a 22-11 majority in the Senate come January.