Godlewski endorses Barnes as Democrat for U.S. Senate

Sarah Godlewski shared the stage with Mandela Barnes announcing she's withdrawing from the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate
Published: Jul. 29, 2022 at 9:09 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2022 at 5:42 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) - Democrat Sarah Godlewski is dropping out of the race for Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate seat.

Godlewski, who serves as state treasurer, has endorsed Mandela Barnes. This all but assures Barnes, the state’s lieutenant governor, will face Republican Ron Johnson in the general election in November.

She’s the third Democrat this week to suspend her campaign with the August 9 primary two weeks away. Earlier this week, Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson and Milwaukee Bucks Executive Alex Lasry announced they were ending their campaigns and endorsing Barnes. This was expected to be a race to watch, but instead, it’s all but over before most Democratic voters even have a chance to cast their ballot.

Godlewski vowed to stay in the race after Lasry’s announcement but changed her mind Thursday night. In a statement, she said she believed there is a need for more working moms in the Senate but saw the writing on the wall. “It’s clear that if we want to finally send Ron Johnson packing, we must all get behind Mandela Barnes and fight together,” Godlewski wrote.

She and Barnes held separate campaign events in Green Bay Thursday night, but Friday morning they shared the stage in the Madison area.

“I will tell you something that I know from working with Mandela over the past four years is no one will fight harder. He will be in the trenches. He will fight for working families because it’s exactly who he is as a person,” Godlewski said.

“This week has demonstrated what it looks like when we all come together for a goal that’s greater than ourselves,” Barnes said. “I’m not going to lie to you and say that this won’t be hard, but I know it will be that much easier when we all come together and join this fight with one another.”

A televised town hall forum next Tuesday focusing on the Democratic U.S. Senate primary was canceled.

Godlewski says she will be on the campaign trail supporting Gov. Tony Evers and Barnes and all Democrats on the ballot in November.

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"This week has demonstrated what it looks like when we all come together for a goal that's greater than ourselves," Barnes said.

“I am honored to accept Treasurer Godlewski’s endorsement in this critical race. Throughout this campaign, Sarah has been a leader in the fight to protect abortion access and a tireless advocate for working people and rural communities across Wisconsin. I will proudly stand with her in those fights as we take on Ron Johnson in the fall,” Barnes says.

“We’re doing what we set out to do all along, and that’s build a broad grassroots coalition, and I’m proud to see it all come together,” Barnes said during his campaign stop in Green Bay. “I’m incredibly honored to see their support and deeply respect their commitment and the campaigns they ran, and to have their support means a whole lot.”

Barnes and Senator Johnson were already trading jabs on Twitter Friday.

Sen. Johnson released a statement saying the Democratic Party has cleared the way for their “most radical left candidate.” Barnes fired back saying he won’t be lectured by a pro-insurrectionist senator.

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