Barnes wins lieutenant governor nomination

MADISON, Wis. - Former state Rep. Mandela Barnes has defeated a Sheboygan businessman to win the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.

Barnes bested Kurt Kober in Tuesday's primary. He'll join Tony Evers on the Democratic gubernatorial ticket. They'll face Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch in November's general election.

Barnes represented a swath of Milwaukee in the Legislature for two terms. He decided not to seek re-election in 2016, choosing instead to challenge state Sen. Lena Taylor in a Democratic primary. She defeated him by a wide margin.

Wisconsin's lieutenant governor holds no authority or responsibilities beyond being first in the line of succession to the governorship.

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