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“Voters are benefitting:” How Wisconsin’s primary election impacts the presidential race

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MILWAUKEE -- For two weeks the five presidential candidates have swarmed Wisconsin, looking to gather as many voters as they can. On Tuesday, April 5th Wisconsin voters will have their say.

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Often by the time our primary rolls around, there's already a presumptive nominee but that's not the case this year, both the Democratic and Republican races are going on hot and heavy and Wisconsin has been the focus these last two weeks.

"This is really unusual. We're really lucky and I think Wisconsin voters are benefiting from that," said UW-Milwaukee professor Mordecai Lee.

Whether you took a selfie or listened to a campaign speech, the presidential candidates have been working for your vote.

"Tuesday results are going to be based on congressional districts so it's almost like instead of there being one statewide race, there are eight races for each of the congressional districts," said Lee.

Mordecai Lee

Mordecai Lee

And that determines how many Wisconsin delegates each candidate gets. On the Democratic side, delegates are awarded proportionally.

"So in other words, somebody could lose a congressional district but still get some, a minority of those delegates from the congressional district," said Lee.

For the Republicans it's much more of a winner-take-all.

"Where most of the delegates will be awarded to the winner whether by congressional district or statewide," said Lee.

Of Wisconsin's 42 Republican delegates, 24 are allocated by congressional districts. The GOP's other 18 delegates come from 15 at large, and three members of the Republican national committee -- those go to the winner statewide.primary

Wisconsin Democrats do things a bit differently. Of their 96 conventional delegates, 57 are allocated by congressional district, 29 go to the statewide winner and 10 are unbound "super delegates."

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"I think when we start counting delegates, we're going to be looking for has Donald Trump increased his lead or has Ted Cruz caught up -- and similarly for the Democratic side, has Hillary Clinton expanded her lead or is Bernie Sanders closing the gap. That's going to be the interesting thing, that's going to tell us if the race is changing," said Lee.

Wisconsin is the only state to hold a primary this coming Tuesday -- so our results will have an impact.

3 comments

  • Ed Lampman

    Wasserman Schultz, Clinton’s henchwoman in charge of the Democratic National Comittee, has launched a frontal assault on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — one of Elizabeth Warren’s finest accomplishments. Something Wasserman Schultz would not dare do without her boss’s approval.

    For those of you naive souls who have a starry-eyed image of Clinton as a progressive, or even a liberal, think again. She’s a militarist who panders shamelessly to Netanyahu, and is already attacking Elizabeth Warren’s CFPB.

  • David John Francis

    I can tell you now without any contradiction the greater majority of Donald Trump supporters are not going to vote for anybody in Washington now, and that they will unseat every GOP career professional when it comes to elections? The elite Republicans can try to place Paul Ryan, Scott Walker or any person not even in the primaries voted in as delegates, will cause unknown effects and will definitely split the party. Dirty tricks that have haunted Cruz and his other complicity will not be accepted.

    Has the GOP establishment got so desperate, so power hungry, that they are willing to use fraud to cheat the American people with the engineering the voting machines? I heard today their is a report going around of voter fraud, and hopefully it will be investigated unlike Ted Cruz people sending out the diabolical inference that Ben Carson was dropping out or other carefully planned injections of Donald Trump name missing of ballots, strange amounts of population size in Texas, when the real figure is well under of the voting numbers? Eventually the truth will ring out, and trying to hide the truth from the American voter finally is leaked no matter what resources they use to keep criminal issues are concealed?

    WALKER/RYAN COLLUDING IN WISCONSIN TO STEAL PRIMARY FROM DONALD TRUMP.

    April 3, 2016 – The Forbes Group has learned from an insider source that Wisconsin Political leaders Governor Scott Walker and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, have joined forces to derail GOP front-runner Donald Trump by using their vast influence in their vast influence in there home state ahead of the April 5th primary.

    The source revealed that a plan is to manipulate the electronic voting machines through a undetectable, self-erasing software program that will switch a pre-designated percentage of the votes, after the votes have been cast, from trump to Cruz.

    Based on post election polling data and a mathematical analysis of voting percentages, it is likely that that this same election fraud tactic occurred in Iowa, Ohio, and Texas, states that the GOP leaders could justify wins by their preferred candidates because of either their home state advantage or false pre-election polls.

    Shortly after learning of the suspected election-fixing in Iowa, where TFG learned that tallying software had mysteriously donated to the GOP by Microsoft–a staunch Marco Rubio supporter and second largest donor. Mr. Gary Forbes, CEO of the Forbes Group, had called for a federal investigation of Microsoft, its founder Bill gates and then candidate Marco Rubio. Forbes also asked for an immediate and permanent nationwide ban of all electronic voting machines.

    GLOBALIST MOVEMENT COMPROMISES US. BORDER AND NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY LED BY SENATOR JEB BUSH, MITT ROMNEY, TED CRUZ, JOHN KASICK, PAUL RYAN AND THE MAJORITY OF THE GOP ESTABLISHMENT HAVE APPROVED ANOTHER JOB AND COMPANY KILLING FOREIGN TRADE AGREEMENT THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (TTP). ALL THESE SO CALLED FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS HAVE STOLEN MILLIONS OF JOBS MANUFACTURING TO CHINA, MEXICO (NAFTA) AND OTHER COUNTRIES AND 100’s BILLIONS IN MARKETING AND FEDERAL DEFICITS, BUT PAYING HUGE DIVIDENDS TO PROFITEERS IN BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES.

    When you have the mainstream media against you and twisting everything you say, or statements out of context, its no wonder the American people are being short changed by what they see, hear from newspapers. Sorry people are gullible and many take the word of the government, the extremist left or right has facts? All I care is that Donald Trump builds the Southern border Wall, operates an exit/entry system to end the illegal alien and a Overstay tracking. Holds business owners accountable for hiring illegal aliens, using the new mandated innovations of E-Verify digital applications for ICE.

    That Trump rebuilds our military into the greatest fighting force the world has ever seen, which President Obama has intentionally weakened and decimated. That no immigrant and that include refugees can enter our sovereign nation unless fully vetted. Renegotiate every terrible free trade agreement, that is fair and equitable or face heavy importation tariffs.

    That the 2nd amendment ‘Right To bare Arms’ so we can protect our families and is have our rights chipped away, as this liberal government is doing. That every American has a right ‘To Free Speech’ as many people have been singled out and may not speak their mind. No American should be black listed, that the political correct policing of our education system, to deform and brain wash our children’s mind. That everything that Mr. Trump has stated in his debates comes to fruition? You say anything of a commitment to Donald Trump, and your accused of using spam; facebook and the commentary dialogue of Disqus banned me, with no way to communicate the facts to them?

    A large portion of the American people thinks that they deserve something for nothing, and don’t want to work for it. This is the notion that is offered by Hillary and Bill Clinton and Bernie Sanders, that if you bought the promise of Bernie Sanders you would be committed to paying 79 percent more in taxes. Trump has a good tax system for all, which is far superior to any other possibilities.

    That’s why I am many other people called the ‘Silent Majority’ have come out the darkness and blinking in the light of the travesty of politics, who have ignored voting before and now voting for Donald Trump.

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