U.S. Senate candidate Tom Nelson answers questions from residents during a campaign stop Wednesday in Janesville. Nelson is visiting all 72 Wisconsin counties.

JANESVILLE — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tom Nelson said the stakes are extremely high heading into the 2022 U.S. Senate race.

Nelson, who was in Rock County Wednesday as part of his 72-county statewide tour said he fears that if Democrats lose the Senate, they also could lose the House of Representatives.

“The road to the U.S. Senate comes through Wisconsin,” Nelson said.

Nelson visited seven counties on Wednesday, including Adams, Juneau, Sauk, Columbia, Dodge, Jefferson and Rock County.

Nelson, who is currently the Outagamie County Executive and is a former Majority Leader in the Wisconsin Assembly, was the first of what are now 11 candidates running for the seat currently held by Republican Ron Johnson.

Johnson has yet to say if he will run for another term.

Health care dominated the discussion of about a dozen people who gathered at The Sandwich Bar in downtown Janesville to meet Nelson.

Nelson, a supporter of Medicare For All, said he wanted to make sure health care was available to all Americans.

“You can’t have economic security if you don’t have health security,” Nelson said.

Nelson will continue his tour of Wisconsin counties later this month.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, a Wisconsin native, is founder of the Plutchaknews Network.