With a post-primary bump, Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Mandela Barnes surged to a 7-point lead in his race against Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, while Democratic Gov. Tony Evers was locked in a tight battle with GOP nominee Tim Michels, according to Wednesday’s Marquette University Law School Poll.

In the Senate race, Barnes was at 51% while Johnson, who is running for a third term, was at 44%.

The race for governor was closer, with Evers leading Michels, 45% to 43%, well within the poll’s margin of error. Independent Joan Beglinger was at 7%.

Wisconsin’s two marquee midterm races are expected to be closely-fought to the wire in the what remains one of the nation’s most politically charged battlegrounds.

The survey’s snapshot, the first since the state’s Aug. 9 primaries, showed the fluidity of the races, with well-known incumbents trying to fight off the challenges of their lesser-known opponents.

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