The Purple Cheese State?

  • A Pew Research poll found that voters in Wisconsin identified as 42% Republican/Lean Republican, No Lean/Independent 16% and 42% Democratic/Lean Democratic. It doesn’t get any more evenly divided than that!
  • There have been 34 statewide elections since 1990. Democrats have won 18 and Republicans have won 16. Almost an even split.
  • From 1951–1987, Democrats and Republicans held the governorship 18 years each. From 1987 to the present, Republicans have held the office for 24 years and the Democrats 12. However, Democratic incumbent Tony Evers leads his Republican challenger Tim Michels by a couple of points according to recent polling.
  • Although Democratic candidates for president have won Wisconsin seven out of ten elections since 1992, four of their victories were by less than 1% of votes statewide.
  • Wisconsin is only one of six states with a mixed Senate delegation, Democrat Tammy Baldwin and Republican Ron Johnson, who happen to be “along the ideological extremes” of both parties. We also had a mixed Senate delegation from 1981–1993.
  • Both Democrat and Republican candidates have won state Supreme Court races in the past decade.



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Patrick McCorkle

Patrick McCorkle


I am a recent college graduate with a major in Political Science, History and Spanish who has a keen interest in politics.