Elections

All four contenders for the nomination to challenge Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) are campaigning as the field’s strongest defender of Roe.

Wisconsin Lt. Governor, Mandela Barnes announces that he will be running for U.S. Senate at the Sherman Phoenix in this, July 20, 2021, file photo from Milwaukee. | Angela Peterson/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP

By Burgess Everett

07/01/2022 04:30 AM EDT

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The only way Democrats can codify Roe v. Wade into law is with a world-beating bank shot that requires two new votes to weaken the filibuster. Enter Battleground Wisconsin.

Senate races in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania represent Democrats’ best chance to net two extra Senate seats — enough, presumably, to chip away at chamber rules that empower the minority party to block legislation. President Joe Biden boosted their effort Thursday by endorsing an exemption to the 60-vote threshold to preserve nationwide abortion rights.

But Democrats need to beat historical odds and hold the House to make that happen. And even if they do, they still need to pick someone to challenge Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), a human controversy-seeking missile who opposes abortion rights and has given confusing accounts of his actions on Jan. 6, 2021 — but has confounded Democrats for two straight Senate races.

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