Southwest Wisconsin Swings Democratic
Four key counties that helped elect Trump switched to Evers, Baldwin.
Southwestern Wisconsin is holding on to its reputation as one of the last swing regions in the state.
“Western and southwestern Wisconsin, there’s a lost of evidence that these are areas that flip-flop back and forth,” said Joe Heim, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. “It tells you that this area does make a difference. I make a joke that Gov. (Scott) Walker ought to have an apartment here, he’s here so often. And frankly, I think Evers recognized that too.”
Despite counties going blue at the top of the ticket, Republicans maintained all of their state legislative seats in the area.
Keith Knutson, political analyst and history professor at Viterbo University in La Crosse, said it could mean residents don’t have a negative view of Republicans or Trump.
“The Republican Party and President Trump’s support in rural America stays strong, and Vernon County and Crawford reflected that strength,” Knutson said.
But Knutson believes gerrymandering of legislative districts is also part of why Republicans have maintained many of their seats in the state Legislature.
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Southwestern Wisconsin Continues To Play Role As Swing Region was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.