Alex Lasry drops Wisconsin Senate bid, boosting Mandela Barnes

Alex Lasry, an executive with the Milwaukee Bucks NBA team, is ending his bid for the Democratic Senate nomination in Wisconsin, becoming the second candidate this week to exit the race and delivering another boon to the campaign of Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes.

Lasry’s exit from the race, which was confirmed to The Hill by his campaign, came two days after Outagamie County executive Tom Nelson suspended his Senate campaign and endorsed Barnes for the Democratic nomination to take on Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) in November.

Lasry’s decision was first reported on Wednesday by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The shrinking primary field makes Barnes the heavy favorite to capture the Democratic nod next month. Wisconsin is set to hold its primaries on Aug. 9.

Barnes still faces some primary opposition, most notably from state Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, though recent polling showed her trailing Barnes by double digits even before Lasry’s and Nelson’s exits.