State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski is dropping her bid for the Dem U.S. Senate nomination and endorsing Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, she announced today.

Godlewski in a statement said in order to defeat U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, she knew Dems had to band together.

“It’s clear that if we want to finally send Ron Johnson packing, we must all get behind Mandela Barnes and fight together. I’m proud of what our 72-county campaign has accomplished, and while I may not be on the ballot this November, every issue we fought to bring front and center will be,” Godlewski said.

Godlewski has planned an 11 a.m. press conference in Fitchburg with Barnes for a formal announcement.

Outagamie County Exec Tom Nelson and Alex Lasry, on leave from his job with the Milwaukee Bucks, also dropped out of the race and endorsed Barnes this week.

Barnes said this week has shown Dems’ goal of beating Johnson is “is bigger than any one of us.”

“This week has demonstrated what it looks like when we come together for a goal that is greater than ourselves,” he said. “We are building a coalition that crosses generations, crosses racial divides and political divides. A coalition that includes farmers, union leaders, teachers, small business owners, and working people all across this state.”

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