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April 9, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Monday Eye Openers: Romney wins big, Santorum shifts; Obama the Trekkie

Today we launch a new Monday feature. Each Monday we will feature several important stories in the political world — ones that either just occurred, are defining moments, or are key markers on the horizon. Our blog is UW Election Eye, and we call these Monday Eye Openers. Romney is the Big Cheese On Tuesday the Republican…

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April 5, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Presidential primary leaves Wisconsin, but all eyes stay on state's governor recall

Scott Walker-Total Recall

Theater sign in Madison, Wisc., on March 12, 2011 (Photo courtesy of Flickr member Render Engine)

Wisconsin voters had their say in the presidential nomination process on Tuesday. OK, did that. Now it’s on to much bigger stuff: a recall election for the governor.

Wisconsin officials announced on Friday that citizens had turned in enough signatures — actually, hundreds of thousands more than necessary — to mandate a recall election of Gov. Scott Walker. If he loses, he would be only the third governor to be recalled in U.S. history, and his fate will tell us much about the political winds of 2012.

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April 5, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Presidential primary leaves Wisconsin, but all eyes stay on state’s governor recall

Scott Walker-Total Recall

Theater sign in Madison, Wisc., on March 12, 2011 (Photo courtesy of Flickr member Render Engine)

Wisconsin voters had their say in the presidential nomination process on Tuesday. OK, did that. Now it’s on to much bigger stuff: a recall election for the governor.

Wisconsin officials announced on Friday that citizens had turned in enough signatures — actually, hundreds of thousands more than necessary — to mandate a recall election of Gov. Scott Walker. If he loses, he would be only the third governor to be recalled in U.S. history, and his fate will tell us much about the political winds of 2012.

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April 2, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Romney racks up endorsements; Women voters back Obama; Gingrich goes small; Tuesday's primaries

Romney adding to his list of endorsements In the last few days, Mitt Romney has picked up several endorsements. Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Paul Ryan’s endorsements come just days before the Wisconsin primaries on Tuesday, April 3. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s endorsement, who has been speculated as a potential running…

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April 2, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Romney racks up endorsements; Women voters back Obama; Gingrich goes small; Tuesday’s primaries

Romney adding to his list of endorsements In the last few days, Mitt Romney has picked up several endorsements. Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Paul Ryan’s endorsements come just days before the Wisconsin primaries on Tuesday, April 3. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s endorsement, who has been speculated as a potential running…

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March 29, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Mitt Romney vs. Rick Santorum means Catholics vs. Evangelicals for the win in Wisconsin’s open, winner-takes-all primary

Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney
Rick Santorum in Detroit, Michigan on February 25, 2012. (James Fassinger/The Guardian) and Mitt Romney (Photo courtesy of MittRomney.com)

A look at 2008 Wisconsin Republican primary results may provide some clues to how the voting Tuesday might turn out in the state’s important primary.

The Wisconsin primary was significantly earlier in the campaign calendar in 2008, taking place on February 19. Both 2008 and 2012, however, fall after Super Tuesday.

Wisconsin is “winner-takes-all” with a total of 42 delegates. According to the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau, this style of primary means that the candidate who receives a plurality of the vote in any congressional district gains all three delegates from that district, and the statewide winner is entitled to all of the at-large delegates. Additionally, Wisconsin has an “open” primary, so voters do not need to declare any party affiliation to vote.

In the 2008 Republican presidential primary, John McCain won with 55% of the vote, taking 34 of the 40 delegates. Mike Huckabee received 37% of the vote and 6 delegates. Finally, Ron Paul came in with just under 5% of the vote, with no delegates. (Mitt Romney had dropped out of the race by this point.) Huckabee withdrew his candidacy just two weeks after the Wisconsin primaries.

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Comments | Topics: catholics, Evangelicals, John McCain