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State Sen. Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee, today dropped out of the race for U.S. Senate and endorsed Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes.

Larson, who got into the race in late May, trailed his rivals for fundraising in the second quarter with $51,480 in receipts. He would’ve had to give up his state Senate seat if he had stayed in the race for U.S. Senate.

In a statement this morning, he pledged to “continue to work hard in the state Senate to protect public education, expand health coverage, preserve our environment, and restore our democracy.”

Larson also called Barnes “the candidate who is best positioned to defeat Ron Johnson and who Wisconsinites can most trust to fight hard in the Senate for bold progressive policies that benefit working families — ideas like Medicare for All, a job-creating Green New Deal to grow Wisconsin’s economy, and paying for big ideas by making the ultra-wealthy pay their fair share.”

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