Alex Lasry drops out of Democratic U.S. Senate race, endorses Barnes

In a stunning move with less than two weeks to go before the primary, Milwaukee Bucks leader Alex Lasry dropped out of the Democratic U.S. Senate race on Wednesday after spending more than $12.3 million on the contest.

In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Lasry said he supported the frontrunner, Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes.

“Mandela won this race,” Lasry said.

An official announcement will take place at a press conference scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

Lasry’s withdrawal put Barnes in the driver’s seat to win the Aug. 9 primary and face Republican U.S. Senator Ron Johnson in the fall.

Lasry has always been second in the polls behind Barnes. An internal Barnes poll his campaign released this week showed Barnes up 39% to 25% from Lasry.

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