KENOSHA, Wisc. — Want to know just how important Wisconsin is in the midterm election? Take a look at the political luminaries who visited over the last six days.
Sen. Kamala Harris on Sunday. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday. President Donald Trump on Wednesday. And, the biggest prize of all for Democrats, former President Barack Obama on Friday.
With a tight contest for Speaker Paul Ryan’s open congressional seat, a competitive Senate race and a battle for governor that is about as close as it can get, the state that slipped through Democrats’ hands in the 2016 presidential election is getting obsessive attention from both parties in the run-up to Election Day.
“This is an incredibly important battleground state,” said Mike Tate, Democratic strategist and former Wisconsin state party chair. “It may end up being one of the closest governor’s races in the country.”
The marquee race features Scott Walker, beloved by Republicans nationally, who is attempting to win his third term as governor amid signs that the independents that made all the difference to his victories in the past are now moving away from him.