Alex Brandon / AP
The mystery surrounding whether Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson will run again is over. The Republican announced on Sunday that he would run for a third term.
Running in the bellwether state should be tough.
Johnson made the announcement in a the Wall Street newspaper opinion piece.
“I believe America is in peril,” he wrote. “As much as I would like to retire quietly, I don’t think I should. Countless people have encouraged me to introduce myself, saying they are counting on me to be their voice, to speak plain and obvious truths. , other elected leaders shy away from voicing truths the government elite, mainstream media and big tech don’t want you to hear. ”
Johnson had let people guess his plans for months. A two-time winner of the Senate elections, he is seen as the best chance Republicans have of retaining the seat, which Democrats hope to overthrow this year. President Biden narrowly won Wisconsin in 2020, and all state offices are currently occupied by Democrats.
The Wisconsin contest could determine which party controls the Senate, which is currently split 50-50.
As early as April 2021, former President Donald Trump was encouraging Johnson to run for a third term, offering his “full support”.
The conservative Republican is a polarizing figure in Wisconsin, for his positions on COVID-19 vaccines and voter fraud. Late last year, Johnson brought up the idea of state lawmakers taking control of the federal election in Wisconsin.
His decision also means giving up a campaign pledge he made in 2016 not to run for a third term if he is re-elected that year. In 2021, Johnson said his preference would be to keep that pledge, but added it was based on the assumption that Democrats would not have control of the White House and Congress.
Several Democrats are vying to face him this fall, including Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes and State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski.