September 23, 2004

PLUS A SENATE SEAT:

Notes, quotes from 2004 campaign in Wis. (RON FOURNIER,9/22/2004, The Associated Press)

The last Republican presidential candidate to win Wisconsin was Ronald Reagan in 1984, but the state grows more GOP-friendly every year.

President Bush lost Wisconsin to then-Vice President Al Gore by just 5,708 votes four years ago, and he has targeted the state and its 10 electoral votes since his first day in office.

His strategy revolves around the rapidly growing suburbs and the "exurbs" ringing cities such as Milwaukee and Green Bay. The area between Eau Claire in northwestern Wisconsin and the state line is the fastest growing area of the state, with Minnesotans moving in from the Twin Cities.

A Mississippi River boat trip late in the election helped Gore win the state's mostly rural southwestern flank. That should be Bush country, say White House officials, and they've worked hard to reclaim it on Nov. 2.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 23, 2004 10:38 AM
Comments

ABC has a poll out today showing Bush +10. In the Senate race Feingold is up by 6 (51-45) over the GOP's Michel. I think this is actually good news since Michel just won the GOP primary last week and isn't well known yet to the voters.
After Kerry's "Lambert Field" gaffe a Bush photo op with Brett Favre should put WI solidly into Bush's corner.

Posted by: AWW at September 23, 2004 11:58 AM

I live in western WI. I agree with AWW. I hope Michel can pull it off. He's got my vote.

Posted by: AllenS at September 23, 2004 4:18 PM
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