Tom Nelson suspends campaign for U.S Senate

In the tweet and in a video, Nelson endorsed Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes who is running for U.S. Senate
Published: Jul. 25, 2022 at 7:47 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 25, 2022 at 10:02 PM CDT
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OUTAGAMIE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - U.S. Senate candidate and Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson has suspended his campaign.

Nelson made the announcement via Twitter on Monday morning, saying: “Today I am suspending my campaign for the U.S. Senate. I am so thankful for the work that we have done and the movement we have built. On August 9th, Wisconsin will choose a progressive champion to be our nominee. Let’s go @TheOtherMandela!”

In the tweet and in a video, Nelson endorsed Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes who is running for U.S Senate. “We ran out of money. Better to consolidate the progressive vote and send a working class kid to DC,” Nelson tweeted.

Later Monday morning, Nelson told Action 2 News, “I think we made the right decision. And ultimately campaigns are not about the candidates, they’re about the voters, and I think given our standing in the polls, where we are with resources, I think this was the best move we could make.”

Barnes and Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry have been leading recent polls.

Nelson went into more details about his endorsement, telling Action 2 News, “I think he’s the strongest candidate right now. If you break down the issues, we certainly have more in common than what we don’t. He’s a good man, he’s a good progressive, and I think that he’s earned it. He’s not trying to buy this election. He’s done it the hard way, he’s done it the old-fashioned way, he’s put together a superb campaign. I think he will make an excellent U.S. senator.”

Other Democrats running: State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski and Millennial Action Project founder & former CEO Steven Olikara.

Right now, the seat is held by Republican Ron Johnson, who’s seeking a third term.

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