There are a lot of things factoring into that result, of course, but pollster Charles Franklin says two things happened. Trump did well in the rural western side of the state, a more Republican area, but one that Barack Obama had managed to carry. Plus, Franklin adds, turnout in the state’s largest urban area, the Democratic stronghold of Milwaukee, was significantly lower than expected. That resulted in fewer votes overall for Clinton in a big city where she needed to run up the score…
Democrats have been taking notes. Klobuchar hardly has Wisconsin to herself this time around. Another potential Democratic presidential hopeful dropped in recently, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke. At a tour of the Milwaukee Area Technical College, he said it’s good that the state is getting attention. “Wisconsin — perhaps like other parts of the country, perhaps even including where I’m from in far west Texas — too often is overlooked,” he said. O’Rourke said he’s still deciding whether to enter the presidential race.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairperson Martha Laning says she’s been hearing from other candidates about early visits to the state as well.
“It sends a message to the whole nation,” Laning tells NPR. Of the candidates, she adds that it’s evident that after what happened in 2016, “they’re not going to take anything for granted and they’re stopping by Wisconsin right now.”