1:00 a.m. – Barnes’ election headquarters clears for the night

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WFRV) – One final update from the campaign. The crowd for Mandela Barnes’ camp has dispersed for the night.

12:00 a.m. – It’s very close, 91% reported

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WFRV) – It cannot get much closer than this for the Wisconsin State Senate Race.

With 91% of the votes reported, Barnes trails Johnson by a slim margin.

Local 5 News is on the scene awaiting Mandela Barnes’ arrival.

10:10 p.m. – Over 60% of votes are in, Barnes trails by tiny margin

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WFRV) – Ballots continue flowing in, and as predicted, the Wisconsin State Senate race is tight.

Supporters at Mandela Barnes’ election headquarters are watching eagerly to see how the remaining votes will fair.

As of 10:05p.m., Barnes is trailing Republican incumbent Ron Johnson 49.84% to 50.16%.

Local 5 News will continue to monitor this race closely.

8:55 p.m. – First wave of results

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WFRV) – The first wave of ballots are being counted, and the crowd is beginning to form inside Mandela Barnes’ election headquarters.

Early votes show Barnes is leading Republican incumbent Ron Johnson by a slim margin, only ahead by 4%.

As we’ve anticipated, this race will continue to stay close all throughout the night. Barnes is looking to become Wisconsin’s first Black Senator.

Stick with Local 5 News for the latest on the Wisconsin State Senate race.

Leading up to results

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WFRV) – It’s Election Day, and Local 5’s Connie Fellman is in Milwaukee with Mandela Barnes’ campaign at the Turner Hall Ballroom to watch how the votes will end up.

Barnes is running to dethrone Republican incumbent Ron Johnson for a spot in the U.S. Senate. If Barnes defeats Johnson, Wisconsin will have two Democratic Senators.

The son of a teacher and a United Automobile Worker (UAW), Barnes’ campaign website states he doesn’t come from a wealthy family and understands the values of hard work, perseverance, and the importance of a good job.

In 2018, Barnes became Wisconsin’s first Black Lieutenant Governor and only the second Black elected official statewide.

According to his website, Barnes will bring a new perspective to Washington to fight for opportunity for every child, person, and family in Wisconsin, regardless of their ZIP code.

Local 5’s Connie Fellman will be at Barnes’ camp, and this story will be updated throughout the day.