Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Badger State Primary

I'll have a lot to write about Wisconsin following the primary next Tuesday. One thing I noticed today speaks to Obama's willingness and desire to court independents and Republicans. Wisconsin is an open primary so there's obviously an incentive in bringing these voters on board. When looking at his upcoming schedule, one sees a rally scheduled in Waukesha. Waukesha is probably the most Republican city of any size you will find in the state. In fact, Waukesha county is the second most Republican county in the state if you look at voting returns over the past several cycles (2000, 2004). His events in Milwaukee, Madison, Racine, and Janesville make perfect sense, given the population size and political leanings, but the Waukesha event really jumped out at me.

With evidence pointing to a Clinton focus on Texas and Ohio (to the detriment of Wisconsin), Obama looks poised to pick up my home state.

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