The ho-hum Wisconsin Primary

02Apr12

Leading Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney tries to put another state under his belt as Wisconsin votes tomorrow in the Republican primary. Romney is expected to win the Badger State and pad his lead over former U.S. senator Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, with only 22  primary and caucus states remaining. While Wisconsin was never a kingmaker, the 42 delegates to be had is still a good number to pad a lead.

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This graphic was published as a double-truck. For a detailed look, please click here to view a PDF.

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This humdrum three-horse race could have been a lot more interesting had not the ongoing recall of ultra-conservative governor Scott Walker stolen the thunder and largely dampened the mood among Wisconsinites for presidential politics. Still, the hopefuls are working hard to play catch up, connect with their supporters in the state and treat this race as crucial going into the remaining contests.

In the 2004 primaries that led to an election that pitted incumbent president George W. Bush (Republican), against Democratic senator John Kerry (Democrat), I put together a centerspread graphic showing the winners of the Wisconsin primary from both sides, Republican and Democrat, and how the winners fared in their subsequent presidential bids.

Graphic by Alfred Elicierto. Published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on February 8, 2004,  a week before the Wisconsin primary.

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Also in this blog:
Why cities are spreading to the countryside
Remembering Katrina of 2005
Tragic end to a bombing raid
Treating gunshot wounds
Birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner

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