Dem U.S. Senate candidate Mandela Barnes’ post-primary bounce dissipated in the most recent Marquette University Law School Poll as he was neck-and-neck with GOP U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson.

Meanwhile, the guv race continued to be tight.

The latest poll found 49 percent of likely voter backed Johnson, R-Oshkosh, while 48 percent favored Barnes.

In the poll taken in the days after the Aug. 9 primary, Barnes had a 7-point lead among likely voters.

Poll Director Charles Franklin said the big swing from August was among independents. Last month, Barnes had a 55-40 lead among those voters. This month, it was 48-46 in Johnson’s favor.

In the guv race, 47 percent favored Dem Gov. Tony Evers, while 44 percent backed GOP construction exec Tim Michels.

In the August poll, Evers had a 4-point edge among likely voters.

Independent Joan Beglinger, a nurse and health administrator, was at 5 percent. She has dropped out of the race, but her name will remain on the ballot.

Among independents, Evers had a 45-39 edge on Michels.

The poll was conducted Sept. 6-11 with 72 percent of the calls by cell phones and 28 percent via landlines. The overall sample of 801 registered voters had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.

The sample of 632 likely voters had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

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