Most commonly know for it’s cheesemaking and dairy farming, Wisconsin or as the license plates read “America’s Dairyland,” is projected to remain Democratic in this years presidential election. According fivethirtyeight’s recent polling, Hillary Clinton is favored to win Wisconsin’s 10 Electoral College votes 76.2% to Donald Trump’s 23.7%. Election projection show’s Clinton up by 3.3 points.
However, John Kass of the Chicago Tribune believes the races could be tightening. Clinton is up by a three point spread, but it’s not as large of a margin as it was earlier in the race. “Her problem is that she has always been Hillary Clinton, understood to be a liar, the Democratic Nixon in pantsuits.” Historically, Wisconsin is a battleground state, and is proving to remain pivotal in this year’s presidential election as Clinton’s lead proves unstable as we close in on November.
Matthew DeFour of the Wisconsin State Journal reported on the analysis of the small town of Somers and the voting reputation the town’s had in the last couple of Presidential elections. Somers’ embodies the state of Wisconsin demographically, economically, and politically. In the last four presidential elections, Somers’ vote has aligned with the State’s vote for the next president of the United States.
Somers’ generally embodies the major issues of the State of Wisconsin, which range widely due to the varying demographics. Despite Wisconsin leaning Democratic, Somers is still undecided.
On the Presidential level Wisconsin has leaned Democratic in the past couple of years, however their Republican Governor Scott Walker has been in office for the past five years, even surviving a recall election in 2012. Walker’s approval rates have lingered around 50% or below for the past several years due to his dramatic changes to the state since he entered office. Nico Savidge of the Wisconsin State Journal reports on Walker’s educational reform. “Scott Walker has had a bigger impact on Wisconsin’s public universities than any governor in decades, and he is among the most aggressive governors in the country in reshaping higher education”. Since entering office, Walkers impact on public universities, educational funding, and tenure policies have caused uproar across the state.
Seeing that the liberal state of Wisconsin is undergoing reform in a conservative direction, it’s no surprise Walker’s facing low approval rates. As Savidge puts it: “the governor’s goal for higher education is very narrow.” This narrow vision is something Wisconsin has not seen in a very long time.
Wisconsin is in for a very busy November 8th as there are several offices up for election. The Presidential election will take place along with elections of the U.S. Senator, House of Representatives, even numbered district of State Senators, all 99 districts of the Representatives to the Assembly, and all District Attorneys.