Why did it take so long to call Wisconsin’s Senate race?

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.”

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2 responses to “Why did it take so long to call Wisconsin’s Senate race?”

  1. Tim Kittle Avatar
    Tim Kittle

    The 2022 election results demonstrate that we have lost our major institutions to the depraved left. Roughly half of this nation’s populace is comprised of adolescent humps, mopes, and morons, compliments of the government schools, mass media, and a largely lackluster, uninspired and (at least a portion) apostate American “church.” It is truly amazing to hear the ignorance that rolls out of the mouths of so many, particularly those under 50 who did not have the benefit of having the WWII /Depression generation impact them. This includes moron politicians on both sides of the aisle. Example: Pols proclaiming their intent to have D.C. statutorily address the abortion issue. A little primer: As SCOTUS just made very clear, except on federal reservations, the fed has NO say on abortion – it is a matter of the police power, which redounds to the states. The degree of abject ignorance this nation’s inhabitants now possess regarding the proper functioning of what is supposed to be constitutional republic within a federated system is astounding and appalling. As for me and my house, we will serve YHVH – and we will insist on being left alone by government and leftist drones. (NOTE: I live in a Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground jurisdiction, which also has concealed and constitutional carry).

  2. Jake Avatar

    “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.”

    How is this any different than Scott Walker waiting until the afternoon after he lost in 2018 (and by a larger margin than Barnes did) to concede? And even then he only issued a statement, too afraid to face the cameras like Barnes did. Did you complain then?
    Did you complain when it took Adam Laxalt 48 hours after his race was called to concede this week?

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