Barnes tops Johnson by 7 points in Wisconsin Senate race: poll

According to a Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday, Lt. gov. Mandela Barnes (D) of Wisconsin beats incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson (R) by 7 percentage points in his race for Johnson's seat.
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The poll found that Barnes was supported by 51 percent of those polled, compared to Johnson's 44 percent. Barnes extended his lead, within error, over Marquette's June poll, in which he led Johnson by just 2 points.
Barnes was still fighting for the Democratic nomination at the time of the June poll but won the primary earlier this month.
The poll released Wednesday shows a sharp partisan divide between the candidates, with 95 percent of Democrats supporting Barnes and 92 percent of Republicans supporting Johnson. But Barnes leads among independents, 52 percent to 38 percent.
The two candidates were tied in the June poll among independents.
Barnes also has a favorability rating advantage over Johnson.
The lieutenant governor is rated positively by 37 percent of respondents and negatively by 22 percent. Three in 10 respondents said they didn't know enough about Barnes to answer, but that number is down from 57 percent who said so in June.
Johnson is rated positively by 38 percent and negatively by 47 percent, while just 9 percent said they didn't know enough to answer.
Johnson's seat is seen as a prime opportunity for Democrats trying to maintain and expand their control of the Senate in November's midterm elections.
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Johnson has become a controversial figure as he was a close ally of former President Trump.
The conservative senator faced a sharp backlash after saying earlier this month that Social Security and Medicare should be classified as discretionary spending and that Congress would be required to approve their budgets each year rather than increase them annually.
Democrats also released an ad this week targeting Johnson to vote against imposing a $35-per-month cap on out-of-pocket insulin costs for those with private insurance.
The poll was conducted August 10-15 among 811 registered voters. The error rate was 4.2 points.
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