By all rights, President Obama should easily win this state, with its “progressive” activism and elected liberals such as former U.S. senator Russ Feingold.
Obama won the state within an inch of 14 percentage points in 2008.
Today, he leads Republican Mitt Romney in state polling. But, based on his Chicago campaign headquarters’ reaction to any questioning that support, his lead may as solid as quicksand.
The Badger State illustrates the political divide gripping segments of America, thanks largely to the reaction of organized labor and Democrat activists to Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s collective-bargaining reform bill.
Since 2011, Wisconsin has endured an unprecedented rash of statewide elections, including recalls of GOP state senators, a February primary for local offices, an April presidential primary, a May gubernatorial-recall candidate primary among Democrats, and then June’s gubernatorial recall election.
Despite millions of dollars spent by Washington Democrats and unions, Walker and Republicans shocked pundits by prevailing in most of those contests.
On Saturday, Obama made his first appearance in 220 plus days in a state that may be politically spent: Less than 19 percent of its eligible voters showed up for an August primary to choose both parties’ U.S. Senate candidates.