Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson says he will run for re-election

“I am declaring that I will continue to fight for freedom in the public sphere by running for re-election. It is not a decision I have taken lightly,” Johnson, a staunch ally of former President Donald Trump, said in the email.

Johnson’s announcement comes a day after John Thune, a minority senator, said he would seek re-election to his South Dakota seat. Johnson is the last incumbent Republican to announce his decision to seek re-election in this year’s midterm elections.
The six Senate seats likely to overturn in 2022 are currently held by three Democrats in Nevada, Georgia and Arizona and three Republicans in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Biden narrowly won five of those states in 2020 and narrowly lost the sixth, North Carolina, but the backlash against his presidency and history of half-terms working against the incumbent have made Republicans optimistic that they will retake the Senate in 2022.

Democrats currently control the Senate by 50-50, with the deciding vote for Vice President Kamala Harris.

This is an urgent story and will be updated.


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