I understood Wisconsin would react weirdly (though not exactly how), as neither Cruz nor Sanders won the GOP nomination, and Wisconsin was famously one of the closest states in the country in 2004. Trump in the primary generally won counties Obama won in 2012’s general election, and Cruz in the primary generally won counties Romney won in 2012’s general election (and in the primary). Thus, Trump, due to his populist anti-establishment fervor, was the best opportunity to expand the Republican base in Wisconsin to Obama and Kerry voters. Due to Sandersista hatred of Clinton and the Cruz vote being due to pro-establishment GOPe types rather than, as in Utah, genuine fundamentalist Cruzlims, the local GOPe managed to rally round the nominee (look at the Waukesha GOP Twitter account) and give Johnson and Trump strong victories in this great state.

Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

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