Block by block, parties build Obama-style Rust Belt networks

WHITEWATER, Wis. (AP) — It's 10 a.m. on a Saturday in late September — 200 days from Wisconsin's presidential primary, nearly 14 months from Election Day 2020— and retired orchestra teacher Bill Chandler is out talking to his neighbors about politics.

Oct. 5, 2019 11:44 AM EDT
Duffy serves final day in House; Evers sets January election

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Democratic governor announced Monday that the special election to fill Republican Sean Duffy's congressional seat will be held in January, a move that avoids potentially boosting GOP turnout in a state Supreme Court election next spring.

Sep. 23, 2019 5:20 PM EDT
Republicans eye running in 'crucial' Wisconsin district

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Potential Republican candidates began to jockey for position Thursday ahead of a likely stampede to run for an open Wisconsin congressional seat in a district that's a conservative hotbed and key to President Donald Trump's re-election hopes.

Sep. 5, 2019 2:10 PM EDT
Trump's approval rating remains below 50% in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A poll released Wednesday shows that President Donald Trump's job approval in the key swing state of Wisconsin remains below 50%, a troubling sign for Republicans 14 months before the 2020 election.

Sep. 4, 2019 5:43 PM EDT
Suddenly starless Wisconsin GOP plots rebuild for 2020

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans determined to deliver Wisconsin for President Donald Trump next year will be doing it with a party working to rebuild after the departure of its two biggest stars and a rough midterm election that sent it reeling.

May. 12, 2019 9:35 AM EDT
Sanders promises to win back Midwest states Trump captured

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders returned to the friendly terrain of Wisconsin on Friday, promising to build a coalition that will defeat President Donald Trump as he kicked off a swing through pivotal states that are part of the Democratic "blue wall" strategy for 2020.

Apr. 12, 2019 11:29 PM EDT
Sanders starts campaign swing with Wisconsin rally

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders returns to the friendly terrain of Wisconsin on Friday to kick off a swing through pivotal states that are part of the Democratic "blue wall" strategy for 2020.

Apr. 12, 2019 1:22 AM EDT
Liberal's concession in Wisconsin race boosts GOP confidence

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The liberal candidate's concession Wednesday in Wisconsin's Supreme Court race gave Republicans a boost of confidence following a string of losses heading into the 2020 presidential campaign.

Apr. 10, 2019 3:51 PM EDT
GOP sees positive 2020 sign in Wisconsin Supreme Court race

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Conservative Brian Hagedorn's strong showing in Wisconsin's Supreme Court race cheered state Republicans Wednesday, with their first positive result in a statewide election since 2016 suggesting reasons for optimism next year in a critical presidential battleground.

Apr. 3, 2019 2:17 PM EDT
Beto O'Rourke says nothing in his past will hinder 2020 run

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke told supporters Sunday that he's never taken LSD and there's "nothing" he hasn't already revealed about his past that could come back to hurt his run for office.

Mar. 18, 2019 2:06 AM EDT
Democrats: Milwaukee convention choice shows party values

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee will host the 2020 Democratic National Convention, party leaders announced Monday, highlighting the battleground state of Wisconsin that helped elect President Donald Trump and now will launch an opponent who could oust him.

Mar. 12, 2019 3:56 AM EDT
O'Rourke stops in Milwaukee, Madison in first Midwest swing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Beto O'Rourke said Friday during a visit to Wisconsin that before deciding whether he will join the increasingly crowded field of Democrats running for president in 2020, he wants to meet with voters in the "most honest, raw, real way possible.

Feb. 15, 2019 8:21 PM EST
Beto O'Rourke planning stops in 2020 battleground Midwest

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is coming to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus Friday for a meet and greet with students and faculty, a closely guarded event that will be the former Texas congressman's first visit to a key state in the battleground, industrial Midwest.

Feb. 14, 2019 5:48 PM EST
Liberals eye 2020 takeover of Wisconsin Supreme Court

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin liberals hope to take a key step this spring toward breaking a long conservative stranglehold on the state's Supreme Court, in an election that could also serve as a barometer of the political mood in a key presidential swing state.

Feb. 10, 2019 10:50 AM EST
Trump turns focus to Wisconsin's races for Senate, governor

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump makes a campaign visit to Wisconsin with Republicans growing increasingly nervous about the prospects of holding onto the governor's office, let alone picking up a Senate seat held by a well-positioned democratic incumbent.

Oct. 24, 2018 12:20 PM EDT
Sanders rallies Wisconsin voters before Trump, Obama visits

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders urged college students and other supporters Monday at an early-voting rally on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus to throw Republican Gov.

Oct. 22, 2018 4:22 PM EDT
In Wisconsin, a running mate shakes up governor's race

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor has been mistaken for a dead car crash victim, been confused with a white guy, been wrongly accused of kneeling during the national anthem and had his name left out of voter guides.

Sep. 30, 2018 11:31 AM EDT
Primary night: Dems go for diversity, GOP for Trump choices

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democrats embraced diversity Tuesday in a primary night of firsts, while Republicans in Minnesota rejected a familiar face of the GOP old guard in favor of a rising newcomer aligned with President Donald Trump.

Aug. 15, 2018 2:02 AM EDT
Wisconsin Democrats crowd in for chance to challenge Walker

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker has been warning for months about a "blue wave" coming this fall, but so many Democrats are eager to ride it that it is a struggle for any dominant challenger to emerge.

Aug. 11, 2018 11:12 AM EDT
Wisconsin governor downplays interaction with Russian

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker downplayed his interaction with a woman accused of being a Russian operative who used sex and deception to forge connections, saying Wednesday that they only met one time in 2015 when she showed up at a National Rifle Association convention and had her picture taken with him.

Jul. 18, 2018 4:34 PM EDT
Trump comes to Wisconsin to tout Foxconn amid Harley flap

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The ceremonial groundbreaking for a massive $10 billion Foxconn factory complex in Wisconsin was supposed to be evidence that the manufacturing revival fueled by President Donald Trump's "America First" policy is well underway.

Jun. 27, 2018 3:08 PM EDT
Record number of women bid for Senate but challenges await

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) — A record number of women are running for the U.S. Senate this year, and their stiff challenge is winning enough seats to dramatically diversify a chamber long dominated by men.

May. 30, 2018 7:03 PM EDT
Democrats see Wisconsin as proving ground for party revival

PARDEEVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Margo Miller thanked her hosts, covered herself in a blue plastic poncho and headed back into the driving sleet Saturday morning, with more doors to knock on in this rural subdivision but with another new volunteer's name on her clipboard.

Apr. 19, 2018 11:56 AM EDT
Liberal Dallet easily takes Wisconsin Supreme Court race

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Rebecca Dallet, a liberal Milwaukee judge, easily defeated conservative Michael Screnock Tuesday in the race for Wisconsin Supreme Court, fueling optimism among Democrats for more victories in the fall midterms.

Apr. 3, 2018 10:45 PM EDT
Baldwin searches for right path to keep key Senate seat

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Sen. Tammy Baldwin was back home in Wisconsin, talking about guns, health care and other issues before a politically minded luncheon crowd, when one of her Republican challengers rose to confront her.

Mar. 9, 2018 1:00 AM EST
Bannon-sponsored candidates often picked for Trump loyalty

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson, a consultant for Fortune 500 companies, doesn't look much like the renegade outsiders whom political strategist Steve Bannon says he's recruiting for his war on the Republican establishment.

Nov. 24, 2017 3:36 AM EST
Bannon insurgency stresses loyalty to Trump, not policy test

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson, a consultant for Fortune 500 companies, doesn't look much like the renegade outsiders whom political strategist Steve Bannon says he's recruiting for his war on the Republican establishment.

Nov. 23, 2017 5:51 PM EST
Stein plans to donate leftover money raised for recounts

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein said Tuesday that she will donate any money left over from her bids to force election recounts in three states to groups dedicated to election reform and voting rights.

Dec. 13, 2016 2:20 PM EST
Recount efforts end: Trump wins in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania

Presidential election recount efforts came to an end Monday in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, with both states certifying Republican Donald Trump as the winner in contests that helped put him over the top in the Electoral College stakes.

Dec. 12, 2016 11:50 PM EST
Focus of recount effort shifts to Michigan, Pennsylvania

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Presidential candidate Jill Stein's fight to force ballot recounts in three states focused Monday on Pennsylvania, where her Green Party was seeking an emergency federal court order for a statewide recount, and Michigan, where a hand recount began on the orders of a federal judge.

Dec. 5, 2016 5:43 PM EST
Lawsuits seek to block or halt Wisconsin, Michigan recounts

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Supporters of Republican Donald Trump filed a federal lawsuit trying to halt Wisconsin's ongoing presidential recount, and Michigan's attorney general on Friday sued to stop a recount from happening in his state.

Dec. 2, 2016 12:35 PM EST
Wisconsin election recount begins; Michigan's is challenged

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The tedious task of recounting Wisconsin's nearly 3 million votes for president began Thursday with scores of hastily hired temporary workers flipping through stacks of ballots as observers watched their every move.

Dec. 1, 2016 4:49 PM EST
Johnson, Feingold make last push before election

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats have no chance of winning back control of the U.S. Senate without a victory in Wisconsin, Russ Feingold told volunteers on Monday as he made a final push across the state in his race against Republican Sen.

Nov. 7, 2016 7:00 PM EST
Pence, Ryan urge Republicans to 'come home' for Trump

MUKWONAGO, Wis. (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan and Donald Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, joined Saturday in a gesture of Republican unity at a rally in Wisconsin's most conservative county, a month after Ryan said he would no longer defend or campaign with Trump.

Nov. 5, 2016 3:10 PM EDT