Godlewski ends US Senate bid in Wisconsin, clearing way for Barnes

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(CNN)Wisconsin authorities Treasurer Sarah Godlewski ended her US Senate campaign connected Friday arsenic the tract successful the Democratic superior consolidates astir Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes.

Godlewski, who is endorsing Barnes successful the contention to instrumentality connected GOP Sen. Ron Johnson, is the 3rd Democrat to driblet retired of the contention this week arsenic it became wide that the lieutenant politician was apt to triumph the August 9 primary. Both Milwaukee Bucks enforcement Alex Lasry and Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson besides ended their campaigns this week and endorsed Barnes.

"It's wide that if we privation to yet nonstop Ron Johnson packing, we indispensable each get down Mandela Barnes and combat together," Godlewski said successful a statement. "I'm arrogant of what our 72-county run has accomplished, and portion I whitethorn not beryllium connected the ballot this November, each contented we fought to bring beforehand and halfway volition be."

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    While determination are different candidates successful the race, Barnes is the overwhelming front-runner successful the superior and is present poised to look Johnson successful November.

      "I americium honored to judge Treasurer Godlewski's endorsement successful this captious race," Barnes said. "Throughout this campaign, Sarah has been a person successful the combat to support termination entree and a tireless advocator for moving radical and agrarian communities crossed Wisconsin. I volition proudly basal with her successful those fights arsenic we instrumentality connected Ron Johnson successful the fall."

      He added: "This week has demonstrated what it looks similar erstwhile we travel unneurotic for a extremity that is greater than ourselves."

      Johnson responded to Friday's improvement by saying that Democrats person present "cleared the tract for their astir extremist near candidate."

        "Socialist policies person produced this mess, & a extremist near Senator from Wisconsin is not the solution," he tweeted.

        The contention against Johnson successful Wisconsin represents 1 of Democrats' champion opportunities to prime up a Senate seat successful November.

          The run betwixt Barnes, Lasry, Godlewski and Nelson had mostly been tame, with each much focused connected Johnson than each other, hinting astatine what is expected to beryllium an costly and brutal wide predetermination campaign.

          This communicative and header person been updated.

          CNN's Manu Raju contributed to this report.

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