Wisconsin’s presidential primary around the corner; candidates booking trips to the Badger State

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MILWAUKEE -- Wisconsin's presidential primary election is the only contest on the calendar in early April, meaning candidates from both parties are booking trips here and planning to spend significant time in the state.

John Kasich

John Kasich

On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders' Wisconsin state director said Sanders "will certainly be here" at least once before the April 5. primary. Chelsea Clinton will attend three Wisconsin events this week on behalf of her mother.

A supporter of Republican Ted Cruz revealed Sunday that Cruz and his wife Heidi will visit Wisconsin by the end of the week. Rival John Kasich is scheduled to hold a fundraiser and a town hall event in the Milwaukee area this week, and earned the endorsement of former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann.

Mark Neumann

Mark Neumann

"He's ready for the presidency ," said Neumann, who served in Congress with Kasich in the 1990s. ""He knew the budget backwards, forwards and inside out, and I would be proud to be supporting him for president because he has such great knowledge of the federal budget."

Kasich will hold the fundraiser Tuesday evening in downtown Milwaukee, before holding a public town hall at noon Wednesday in Wauwatosa.

Dates and locations for the Cruz visits have not been announced, said state Sen. Duey Stroebel, Cruz's campaign co-chairman in Wisconsin. He said the Cruz campaign would soon open four field offices in Wisconsin, too.

Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz

Supporters of Cruz and Kasich dueled over which candidate was best positioned to defeat GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.

Kasich's backers say the Ohio can win at a contested convention, if no candidate reaches the magic number of 1,237 delegates to secure the nomination.

Ted Cruz supporters disagree, calling it "mathematically impossible" for Kasich to win.

"You're basically voting for Donald Trump if you vote for Kasich, because he can't win," Stroebel said. ""The conservative in this race, and thus the Republican, is Sen. Ted Cruz. It's not Donald Trump."

Senator Duey Stroebel

Senator Duey Stroebel

In a break from the other four candidates from both parties, Trump hasn't announced Wisconsin endorsements, staff, or field offices. Yet he still led the latest Marquette Law School Poll by 10 points.

Mordecai Lee

Mordecai Lee

UW-Milwaukee Professor Mordecai Lee said he wonders whether Wisconsin is the last stand for Trump's opponents.

"It's hard to imagine that if Trump does well in Wisconsin, in all the congressional districts to pick up delegates, that he'll be stoppable," Lee said.

After Republicans vote Tuesday, March 22nd in Arizona and Utah, Wisconsin will be up next. On the Democratic side, the candidates will have 10 days to focus on Wisconsin after caucuses in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington this weekend.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

"By stroke of pure luck, I think Wisconsin is going to be the showdown state -- both on the Democratic side and on the Republican side," Lee said.

Chelsea Clinton will appear in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Madison on Thursday. Hillary Clinton has not yet announced any appearances in Wisconsin, but supporters expect her to visit before April 5.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Sanders' campaign opened a new field office in downtown Milwaukee. The Vermont senator's supporters are hoping for a momentum swing after recent losses.

"We're putting a very large emphasis on Wisconsin. We know that Wisconsin is a state that we can win, we can pick up a maximum number of delegates and that's exactly what we're setting out to do," said Robert Dempsey, Sanders' Wisconsin director.

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

 

The field office on Marshall and Hamilton opened this weekend.

A Sanders field office is set to open in Green Bay on Tuesday, March 22nd.

3 comments

  • Lisa

    Bernie voters: Even if you’re already registered to vote, check your registration status NOW (it takes two minutes). Thousands were denied their right to vote in Arizona because of voter irregularities. Registration deadlines are often well in advance of your primary or caucus. Check yours now at: https://www.headcount.org/verify-voter-registration/

    Here are registration deadlines for upcoming primaries and caucuses that are closed (meaning if you want to vote for Bernie, here are your deadlines to register as a democrat):

    Wyoming: Must register by March 25 for caucus on April 9
    New York: Must register by March 25 for primary on April 19
    (might be by noon on the 25th?)
    Rhode Island: Must register by March 27 for primary on April 26
    Pennsylvania: Must register by March 28 for primary on April 26
    Delaware: Must register by April 2 for primary on April 26
    Maryland: Must register by April 5 for primary on April 26
    Kentucky: Must register by April 18 for primary on May 17
    West Virginia: Must register by April 19 for primary on May 10
    Connecticut: Must register by April 21 for primary on April 26
    Oregon: Must register by April 26 for primary on May 17
    New Mexico: Must register by May 10 for primary on June 7
    New Jersey: Must register by May 17 for primary on June 7
    California: Must register by May 23 for primary on June 7
    South Dakota: Must register by May 23 for primary on June 7
    Washington DC: Must register by May 23 for primary on June 14

  • Anne Marie

    Imbalanced trade is sucking us dry. We have the resources to be a self sustaining nation, but we cannot support the world and not fellow Americans. It is simple, possibly spend a little more on American products, more Americans have jobs and pay taxes, less overall taxes. Since prior to 1992 we have had this problem. PLEASE AMERICANS -RESEARCH THE TRUTH! Watch some Trump Rallies on youtube, and listen to Trump interviews (not soundbites and headlines that twist truth) Trump is the ONLY ONE even considering balancing trade. Everyone else just wants to dick around with shuffling money around. Stop being OKAY with driving past empty stores and factories and not seeing the problem. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ7kn2-GEmM

  • voter

    Why is the Texas economy so strong? Why is everyone relocating to TEXAS?!..yet they vote TRUMP the irony…i believe TRUMP is not investing in TEXAS!! 10 of the Richest people live and invest in TEXAS. I honestly would vote for Cruz not Trump… i just think we need to learn from Texas. Not saying they are better but a lot of people are moving there for jobs and the economy there is booming! Energy, oil and international relations with foreign companies bringing in foreign money. Foreigners shopping and bringing in Euro. As a matter of fact Warren Buffet himself made an investment in this state…(insider source)

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