Anti-Trump protests gave way to local fervor that helped turn Wisconsin back to blue

Since the eruption of nationwide anti-Trump protests in January 2017, a central question has been whether the energy would persist. New activists said the presidential contest brought them into politics, but their focus stayed closer to home, and the signs in Wisconsin so far have been positive for Democrats. > Washington Post

Has Wisconsin turned the page on Donald Trump?


Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania were kind of a big deal on Nov. 8, 2016, handing Donald Trump the presidency. But Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania were also kind of a big deal on Nov. 6, 2018. This time the Democrats won big in all three. > Cap Times


Can Democrats win in rural America?


Democrats have a roughly 30-point advantage in urban counties, but a 16-point disadvantage in rural ones. And given how Republicans have gerrymandered themselves a roughly five- to six-point handicap, whether Democrats can take back the House will depend in large part on whether they can win back some of those rural and suburban voters. > THE WEEK

Is Scott Walker on a lonely sinking ship?

The Wisconsin governor who dreamed of being president is striving for another run at the job he tried to leave behind, and it is not going well. Polls show him either trailing or in a dead heat, and his own team is turning against him, with four former cabinet appointees public criticizing him. > The Nation

Trump trip to rural Wisconsin highlights GOP’s turnout concern

Trump’s decision to visit rural Central Wisconsin highlights one of the concerns Republicans like Walker have in this year’s contests: The voters who showed up to deliver Wisconsin to the Republican presidential nominee for the first time since the Reagan era may not be so inclined to return to the polls in a midterm election. > The Hill

Is the Rust Belt still Trump country?


Democrats lead in the major statewide races in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin — the states that provided the Electoral College votes to put Donald Trump in the White House — along with Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois, for a total of 13 governorship and Senate contests. > NY Times

Is the Midwest really Trump country?

Donald Trump shocked political journalists with his 2016 victory, which relied heavily on cracking the so-called “blue wall” states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. But what will it mean if Republicans sustain large losses in these very states only two years after Trump’s invasion of them? > Washington Post