Q&A with Mandela Barnes, Wisconsin’s Democratic nominee for Senate


MADISON, Wis. — Mandela Barnes, Wisconsin’s lieutenant governor, sat for an interview with The Washington Post on July 21 at a sleek coffee shop here to talk about what was then a crowded Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate. .


Shortly after the interview, three of his competitors dropped out and endorsed Barnes. And Tuesday night, voters made it official: Barnes is the Democratic nominee for Senate in Wisconsin.


The conversation was wide-ranging and done in advance of a story The Post published about how Barnes reckoned with his liberal past as he looked to November. The interview also touched on how he got into politics, what he sees as his path to defeating Republican Sen. Ron Johnson and what he has learned in the rare times he has lost elections.


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