WEAU political analyst says WI is a battleground state in upcoming election

Published: Jun. 9, 2016 at 10:10 PM CDT
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After President Barack Obama formally endorses presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, the two are set to start making campaign stops together. Clinton's campaign announced Thursday she and President Obama plan to campaign together in Green Bay on Wednesday.

With five months until the general election in November, several states are already being singled out as battleground states - including Wisconsin.

"Probably not as important as Pennsylvania or Ohio or Florida, but it is one of nine states that could arguably go either way," said WEAU Political Analyst John Frank.

Following the announcement that President Obama will be campaigning with Hillary Clinton in Green Bay Wednesday, Frank said there are several factors as to why Wisconsin and specifically why Green Bay was chosen.

"President Obama won the Green Bay area in 2008 and broke even in 2012, so if there's a logical political place to bring in the president to try to go after the people who did note vote for Clinton or Trump in the primary, this is the place to do it," said John Frank.

Frank said another likely reason Wisconsin is at the top of the list when it comes to political stops for Clinton and President Obama is because of the importance of the U.S. Senate race between Republican Senator Ron Johnson and Democrat Russ Feingold.

John Frank said Wisconsin could go either way this November. However, since 1988 Wisconsinites have voted Democratic in presidential elections.

Local party leaders are confident their candidate will win Wisconsin.

"What we see in surveys on a state and a local level is we still remain a blue state. Despite the recent gubernatorial elections, I think we still are very much a blue state on the presidential level," said Eau Claire Democratic Party Chair Beverly Wickstrom.

"What the success of Donald Trump and the success of Bernie Sanders have proven is the average American, whether they be Democrat, Republican, Conservative or Liberal, is sick and tired of a Washington, D.C. that is not working for them," said Republican Party of 3rd Congressional District Chairman.

Political analyst John Frank said he wouldn't be surprised if Republicans also make a visit to Wisconsin in the near future.

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