Series: Wisconsin In The 2016 Presidential Election

Wisconsin and its 10 electoral votes played a key role in Donald Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. Trump became the first Republican candidate to win the state since 1984. The outcome suggests a re-alignment in the American electorate, especially in more rural areas of the state that have previously been more supportive of Democratic candidates. Conventional political wisdom went out the window in the election, as did the accuracy of public-opinion polls.
UW-Madison professor Kathy Cramer studies rural perspectives on politics in Wisconsin, and has received attention for her book The Politics of Resentment . She discusses how the outcome of the 2016 presidential election reflects ongoing political trends in the state.
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Wisconsin has a history of being a battleground state in presidential elections, but is it really a battle when one candidate doesn't show up and still never trails in the polls? A timeline of 2016 presidential campaign visits highlights the state of the race in Wisconsin.
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Why has the issue of trust has become so important in the 2016 election season? Voters and supporters of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump talk about about their trust in media, the candidates and the overall electoral process.
wendell willkie
Republican presidential candidate Wendell Willkie staked everything on Wisconsin in 1944, and lost.
JFK campaigns in Wisconsin in 1960
When John F. Kennedy was making his ultimately successful pitch for the Democratic Party nomination in 1960, Wisconsin's April 5 primary was considered early. New Hampshire's was first, but candidates treated Wisconsin's as the first significant showdown.
Jimmy Carter
None of the broad identities attached to Jimmy Carter — beaming humanitarian, peanut farmer, UFO spotter and, at least since Ronald Reagan's victorious 1980 campaign, ineffectual president — were on display when he visited La Crosse in September 1975.
Mitt Romney at CPAC 2012
The 2012 Republican presidential primary marked 100 years of Wisconsinites electing delegates to the major party conventions in open primaries — a system the state pioneered. That year's cycle also brought an increasingly rare spotlight to what is now a late-primary state.
State of Wisconsin 1975 Blue Book art
As Wisconsin heads into a hotly contested presidential primary election for both major parties, WPR has looked back at years when the state's voters played an important role in selecting parties' nominees.
Wisconsin has been a battleground state in presidential elections for decades, but over time, the political landscape has shifted. Voting patterns are increasingly becoming defined by geography, with population density serving as a marker of partisan preference.
As the nation woke up to a new president-elect on Nov. 9, Kathy Cramer was as stunned as just about anyone who analyzes U.S. politics for a living, and especially those people with confidence in the accuracy of public opinion polls.