Two Dems have already announced that they intend to challenge Republican U. S. Senator Ron Johnson in 2022: Alex Lasry and Tom Nelson. But wait, they may be more Dems. Sarah Godlewski, the Wisconsin State Treasurer, has publicly expressed interest in entering the race but she has not formally announced.
Additionally, there are at least four other Dems who are potential entrants: Mandela Barnes, the current Lieutenant Governor; Josh Kaul, the current Attorney General; Ron Kind, the 3rd District Congressman;and Chris Larson, a Wisconsin State Senator for the 7th district since 2011.
Additionally, Mark Pocan, a U.S. Representative from the 2nd District, has had supporters, but for now, he has declined to run.
The big question, of course, what Republican will seek the post in the U.S. Senate. Johnson has the seat now, and he has filed his paperwork for reelection, but that doesn’t mean he will run. If he doesn’t there are a number of Republicans willing to step into the fray. Three of them are or were reps in Congress; Sean Duffy, who represented the 7th Congressional District until 206; Mike Gallagher, represents the 8th CD, and Bryan Steil, who represents the 2nd CD.
Other potential Republications seeking the seat include David Beth, the Kenosha County Sheriff, and Kevin Nicholson, who finished second in the 2018 Republican primary for the seat Baldwin won in 2018.
Democrat Tammy Baldwin, who holds the second Wisconsin seat in the Senate is not up for reelection until 2024.