Western Wisconsin could determine the 2020 presidential election
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – — The outcome of the Wisconsin Supreme Court election last week isn’t even official yet, but some politicians are already focusing on Wisconsin’s role in the 2020 presidential race.
Some analysts say there are six swing states that will likely determine who wins the 2020 presidential election.
Anthony Chergosky, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, said Wisconsin is one of those states and that, arguably, the most important region is in the western part of the state.
“Western Wisconsin is really a region that could decide the election. We are living in what might be the decisive state in the presidential election and Western Wisconsin is perhaps the swingiest part of what could be the decisive state,” Chergosky said,
He said things are even more up in the air after the Wisconsin Supreme Court race.
“If you look at Democrats nationally, the Democrats feel pretty good about where they’re at in Michigan and Pennsylvania, but I think Democrats look at what happened in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race and I think they’re a bit alarmed with what that might indicate for 2020,” Chergosky said,
Many analysts were expecting liberal-backed Lisa Neubauer to beat Brian Hagedorn, the favorite among conservatives, by a pretty wide margin. Since that didn’t happen, Michael Smuksta, the chairman of the La Crosse County Democratic Party, said the Democrats just have to work harder.
“We have to redouble our efforts and continue to contact voters,” Smuksta said.
The party is planning to invest a lot a lot of resources in Western Wisconsin.
“The turnout in La Crosse and Eau Claire is very important,” Smuksta said.
The La Crosse County Republican Party is also setting up for a big fight in our area.
Bill Feehan, the chairman of the 3rd Congressional District Republican Party of Wisconsin, said, “The elections are so close in our state, so this is going to come down to which side wants it more.”
Both parties said what really matters is how many volunteers they can get to campaign.
“I would just say to people, ‘Don’t sit around and wait for the Republican Party to do it. ‘It’s up to the grassroots people across the state to get involved and try and help their candidate win,” Feehan said.
Chergosky said every presidential candidate will be watching Wisconsin very closely.
“Get ready for candidates galore. Get ready for candidate spending galore. We’re going to be seeing a lot of the candidates,” he said.
Speaking of that, Bernie Sanders, recentlyannounced he’s coming to Madison on Friday.
He will most likely be just one of many presidential candidates stopping in Wisconsin.
Also, Milwaukee is going to be the site of the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
Both parties have different strategies for winning votes in Wisconsin.
The La Crosse County Republican Party plans to focus on the economy and low unemployment.
The La Crosse County Democratic Party plans to focus on education and health care.
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