Latest Polling Indicates Sen. Johnson In Danger In Wisconsin

Although many pollsters and pundits are still predicting a red wave midterm election in November and the GOP still looks likely to retake control of the House, some of the Senate races Republicans desperately need to win are in doubt. Time is growing short for some of the upper chamber candidates to get the Republican base motivated in some key states.

One of the headline races that will be crucial for control of the Senate is going on in Wisconsin, where incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is trailing his Democrat rival, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes.

A Trafalgar poll conducted last week in Wisconsin asked likely voters who they would vote for if the election were held today, and 47.1% said they would vote for Johnson, with 49.4% going with Barnes. Only 3.5% said they remain undecided.

Johnson has been more aggressive on the campaign trail in recent days, telling attendees at a charity event on Sunday that Barnes “wants to run basically a Joe Biden campaign. If he could get away with it, he’d hide in his basement.” Johnson added that his Democrat opponent is “hiding from the press and hiding from Wisconsin.”

Johnson also criticized Barnes for support his campaign has received from at least five organizations that call for defunding local police. Notwithstanding that support, Barnes has said that he does not support defunding the police.

The Republican incumbent also criticized statements Barnes made last year criticizing the founders of the United States.

Barnes said that the “founding of this nation” was “awful.” He added that current day Americans “should commit ourselves to doing everything we can do to repair the harm because it still exists today.”

The latest polling aggregate analysis from RealClearPolitics shows Wisconsin as one of eight toss-up races for control of the Senate. Both Republicans and Democrats have 46 seats that are either not up for election this year or are considered safe.

That means Republicans must win five of the toss-up races to get to 51 seats for control, while Democrats only need to win four of them to get back to a 50-50 that would leave them in control because of the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Kamala Harris.