Crawford County in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area has typically been a blue stalwart of southwestern Wisconsin. According to Olson Feed Service proprietor Tammy Olson, of Seneca, even conservative-leaning local candidates have run as Democrats because there was no hope of the area electing a Republican. But as farm crises and big agriculture have made themselves felt in the area, that trend has begun to shift.
Adams County, a historic Democratic stronghold with a 15 percent poverty rate (against the state’s overall 10 percent poverty rate), backed President Trump by a margin of 21 percent. Out of the county’s 10,130 votes in 2016, 5,966 went to Trump and only 3,745 went to Hillary Clinton. Until then, Democrats have carried the county with wide margins in every presidential election from 1984 on — coming after Adams had backed Ronald Reagan twice in a row.
In 2008 and 2012, the Fox Valley’s Winnebago County voted for Barack Obama. In 2016, the area known for the EAA, water sports, manufacturing and dairy farms was one of a handful of swing counties that delivered Wisconsin and the presidency to Donald Trump.
If history serves as a guide, the candidate who wins Sawyer County in November is likely to win the presidency. The county has voted for every winning presidential candidate as far back as 1964. Even if a candidate didn’t win…
In 2016, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in Kenosha County by 228 votes. With the county again up for grabs this November, Democratic Chair Lori Hawkins and Republican Chair Erin Decker agree on one thing: there are undecided voters to convince.