In the post-mortem that followed 2016, one state was singled out as having pushed Trump over the electoral finish line: Wisconsin. Winning Wisconsin is the story of how one state’s fight for its own political identity changed the country -- and how, four years later, it might be poised to do so again.
Four years later, the Democrats reassembled the "blue wall" and America's Dairyland is poised to reprise its role as the tipping-point state. But Wisconsin's incredibly tight margins point to an increasingly thorny path ahead, not just for the state, but for the nation as a whole.
In a state with split-ticket voters and historically tight margins, every single vote is up for grabs. With only one week until election day, Grace takes us to the most contentious areas in the state, to see which messages are resonating on the ground.
As much as Wisconsin’s dairy farmers are a microcosm of rural America’s struggle, so too is the deeply segregated city of Milwaukee a microcosm of racial inequality in this country. But in the 2016 post-mortem, only Milwaukee was blamed for its drop in voter turnout. This week, Grace takes us to 53206, one of the country's most incarcerated zip codes -- and the heart of Milwaukee's homegrown Democratic organizing.
Dairy country is where Donald Trump racked up his largest margins in the state. These are the swing voters that propelled him to the White House. But four years later, these same voters are struggling to stay afloat amid trade wars, COVID-19, and Big Agriculture's siege on family farms. So this week, Grace asks the big question: Which way will Wisconsin's farmers swing this time?
Divide and Conquer
The story of why Wisconsin went red in 2016 starts long before any votes were cast for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. This week, Grace takes us back to the election of Governor Scott Walker, whose Conservative agenda shaped Wisconsin's trajectory and laid the groundwork for Donald Trump.
In the lead up to the 2016 presidential election, no one was looking at Wisconsin. But maybe they should have been. In our first episode, host Grace Lynch takes us back to the collapse of the Democrats' "blue wall" and how Wisconsin's swing to the right swayed the whole country, and may do it again.