Wisconsin | Nov. 10, 2022
By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — Mr. Johnson is going back to Washington.
But the usual suspects in the mainstream media took their sweet time calling Tuesday’s race for U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Oshkosh). His far left opponent, outgoing Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, took even longer to concede the election. This, despite the writing on the wall several hours before showing Barnes had no real path to victory.
Johnson was understandably frustrated in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, telling his supporters to head home and that he’d come back later Wednesday to declare victory. By late morning, faced with the reality that their candidate wasn’t going to pull out a miracle — that there weren’t thousands of uncounted ballots in boxes in a dark room at Milwaukee’s central count — news outlets finally called the race for Johnson.
Not long before, the senator issued a statement criticizing the slow walk.
“The corporate media is refusing to call a race that is over,” Johnson said, adding what should have been abundantly clear to anyone proficient in math: There was no path for Barnes to overcome the more than 27,000 votes he lagged behind.
“The votes are in. In all Democrat strongholds, municipalities are reporting 100% of wards are in and counted. There are some counties that have anywhere from 3-10% of the votes outstanding. These localities represent areas where we are winning by over 60%,” Johnson said.
After mainstream outlets called the race, Barnes begrudgingly conceded, telling supporters it was not the speech he wanted to give.
“I will continue to work to help make this state into what I know it can be,” Barnes said. “That’s because I still know better is possible.”
In a couple of months, Barnes will be out of job. His friends in the friendly press had their hearts set on Barnes bumping off Johnson, and being another leftist vote in Washington. But it was not to be.
Why did it take so long for media outlets to call the race, something they have quickly and routinely done with much less evidence? Why did Barnes wait so long to concede in the face of the overwhelming numbers against him? Maybe they’re just election deniers.
Johnson sounded vindicated in victory. His win bolstered any chance Republicans have of taking back the Senate.
“Truth has prevailed over lies and the politics of personal destruction,” he said. “I want to thank my family and everyone who supported me and worked so hard to save this U.S. Senate seat. I will do everything I can to help make things better for Wisconsinites and to heal and unify our country.”