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For Tom Spehert, 72, of Greendale, Wisconsin, the country is on the line in this midterm election.

Spehert, who hosted Democratic Senate candidate and state party candidate Mandela Barnes at his home on Saturday, told CNN he’s worried Democrats will lose crucial support against Republicans if Democratic Gov. Tony Evers loses re-election Tuesday or if Democrats lose control. House and Senate.

“I mean, it’s important. Like in the state of Wisconsin, we’re lucky that we have Governor Evers, because the legislature is Republican and he’s been able to, you know, stop what they’ve been trying to do,” Spehert told CNN’s Omar Jimenez. “And the same thing will happen to Washington if we lose the Senate and if we lose Congress, it will be the same. So it is very important to keep our majority.”

Spehert, who met his wife while volunteering for her local Democratic party in the 60s, said he is concerned about the threat of increased violent speech in politics.

“Things are a lot more tense, okay? Some of the fun is gone because we heard what happened to Nancy Pelosi’s husband, you know? he said

“Although, I have to say that over the years people always say, ‘How can you put these signs in front of your house,’ and ‘Are you afraid to put up the same stickers as your car?’ I said if they want to vandalize my house, they want to vandalize my bumper stickers, fine – this is my right to do this,” he said.

The Wisconsin Democrat, who voted early, was excited to cast her vote for Barnes, whom she has known for years.

“I’m an old white man, okay? End of story Mandela is the future of the party, we have to bring in the youth and he, you know, I think he’s the guy. He’s young, he’s energetic, we have the same ideals and I’m behind him 100%,” Spehert told CNN.