And she was barely even in.
The Badger Herald promises more updates throughout the day.
To quote one Jason Smathers:
"Wow. Just, wow."
This makes for a significant shaking up of the Democratic primary field - although I believe it actually strengthens the Democrats' chances of competing effectively. I think Lawton had acquired a great deal of symbolic support in her party, but I think we would have realized very quickly that such status didn't translate into an effective candidate in grittier times such as these. Lawton's departure leaves stronger candidates with one less hurdle to overcome. I think the Democratic primary field's composition is now dependent in large part on "Will Mayor Barrett run or not?"