U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has defeated Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes to hold onto the seat once rated as Senate Republicans’ most vulnerable, NBC, CNN and other major networks projected around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Hanging on to a 1-point lead over Barnes, the Oshkosh Republican said around a half-hour before the network race calls that there was no viable path for the Democratic nominee to win.
“The corporate media is refusing to call a race that is over,” he said at the time.
Barnes has not conceded the race, but after several networks called the race his campaign announced a 12 p.m. news conference in Milwaukee.
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