Senator Johnson (R-WI) has been in a back-and-forth race since the outset with Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes for the duration.
Barnes’ extremist agenda has been exposed considerably over the last month or so.
That has led to a flip in the race, with Johnson now pulling out in the lead by about five points.
He may have put that all at risk with an ill-advised comment at the end of the debate.
The candidates were asked what they found admirable about their opponent.
Barnes led off, stating, “The senator has proven to be a family man, and I think that’s admirable.
“You know, that’s absolutely to be respected.
“He speaks about his family. [He’s] done a lot to provide for them. I absolutely respect that.”
Then came Johnson, who started off okay, then took a page out of Trump’s book.
He stated, “I mean, likewise, I appreciate the fact that Lt. Gov. Barnes had loving parents, a school teacher, father who worked third shift. So he had a good upbringing.
“I guess what puzzles me about that is with that upbringing, why has he turned against America?”
That brought about a round of boos from the crowd.
I am not even saying he is wrong, but it was just an ill-timed quip that makes him look bad in a race where every vote will count.
Source: The Hill