End Citizens United, Let America Vote endorse Mandela Barnes, Cheri Beasley ahead of 2022

End Citizens United, Let America Vote endorse Mandela Barnes, Cheri Beasley ahead of 2022
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End Citizens United and Let America Vote rolled out their first Senate endorsements ahead of next year's midterms on Wednesday, throwing their support behind former North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley (D) and Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes (D). 

“As a U.S. Senator, Cheri will fight on behalf of working families by protecting their freedom to vote and standing up to Washington dark money and corporate special interests," the groups said in a statement. "We're proud to endorse her campaign and are excited to help her continue to make history when she wins next November."

End Citizens United called Barnes "a leader in the fight for good government and voting rights" in a separate tweet on Wednesday. 

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"We can expand the Democratic majority in Wisconsin with Lt. Gov. Barnes leading the way," the group said. 

End Citizens United and Let America Vote are respectively devoted to limiting the power money has in politics and combatting voter suppression. The groups endorsed President BidenJoe BidenHow 'Buy American', other pro-US policies can help advocates pass ambitious climate policies Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan Photos of the Week: Manchin protestor, Paris Hilton and a mirror room MORE's presidential bid last year. 

North Carolina and Wisconsin are likely to be two of the nation's most closely watched Senate races. The non-partisan Cook Political Report rates both as toss-ups. Democrats and Republicans are currently tied in the upper chamber, with Vice President Harris serving as a tie-breaking vote in Democrats' favor. 

Beasley is running for outgoing Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrDemocratic incumbents bolster fundraising advantage in key Senate races McConnell gets GOP wake-up call Senate approves short-term debt ceiling increase MORE's (R-N.C.) seat, hoping to make inroads in the red state. In Wisconsin, incumbent Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonA pandemic of hyper-hypocrisy is infecting American politics Sen. Ron Johnson hoping for Democratic 'gridlock' on reconciliation package Republicans' mantra should have been 'Stop the Spread' MORE (R-Wis.) has not yet said whether he will run for another term.