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Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes announced Tuesday that he'll be joining the Democratic primary race for Senate, a seat currently held by Republican Sen. Ron Johnson.

Why it matters: Barnes, 34, could become the first African American from Wisconsin to serve in the Senate, if elected, AP notes.

  • Barnes becomes the seventh Democrat to enter the race for the Senate seat, while Johnson has yet to announce whether he plans to seek reelection.
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The big picture: Barnes, the first Black lieutenant governor in Wisconsin, will give up his chance to run for a second term in 2022.

  • The Democrat field includes Wisconsin state Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, state Sen. Chris Larson, and Alex Lasry, a businessman whose family owns the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • Barnes was outspoken and gained national attention after a Kenosha police officer shot Jacob Blake, a Black man, last summer.

What he's saying: "Hard-working families deserve every opportunity, but politicians like Senator Ron Johnson aren’t delivering," Barnes said in a tweet. "Instead of changing our dreams, we need to change the game."

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Kathy Hochul sworn in as New York's first female governor

Kathy Hochul (right) is administered the oath of office as New York State governor by Court of Appeals Chief Judge Janet DiFiore as her husband, Bill Hochul, holds a Bible at the state Capitol in Albany, New York, on Tuesday. Photo: Hans Pennink-Pool/Getty Images

New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was sworn in as the state's 57th governor Tuesday, following former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's resignation amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Why it matters: Hochul, a Democrat, is the first woman to serve as governor of New York and will serve out the remainder of Cuomo's term until 2022.

GOP Rep. Gonzalez retires in face of Trump-backed primary

Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R) Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R) announced his retirement on Thursday, declining to run against a Trump-backed primary challenger in 2022.

Why it matters: Gonzalez has suffered politically since siding with House Democrats to impeach the 45th president after the Capitol riot.

Swing voters oppose Texas abortion law

Protesters at a rally at the Texas State Capitol. Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images

All 10 swing voters in Axios’ latest focus groups — including those who described themselves as "pro-life" — said they oppose Texas' new anti-abortion law.

Why it matters: If their responses reflect larger patterns in U.S. society, this could hurt Republicans with women and independents in next year's midterm elections. The swing voters cited overreach, invasion of privacy and concerns about frivolous lawsuits jamming up the courts.