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Nelson leaves U.S. Senate race, endorses Barnes in Democratic primary

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Tom Nelson is now out of the U.S. Senate race in Wisconsin. 

Nelson has dropped out of the Democratic campaign, two weeks before the primary.  The Outagamie County executive has been rated fourth in the Democratic field according to recent polls. 

Nelson is now backing Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, who is said to be in a tight race with Alex Lasry to see who will face incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson in November. 

State treasurer Sarah Godlewski also has been polling ahead of Nelson, who has been a candidate for Senate since October of 2020, and says he hasn’t been able to raise enough money to keep up with well-funded opponents.

Nelson’s name will remain on the Aug. 9 ballot, because his withdrawal comes too late for the ballots to be changed.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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