All eyes on Wisconsin. Again.

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    The national sources that weigh in with increasing regularity on whether President Donald Trump can win Wisconsin continue a drumbeat of reporting. Today, Politico wrote this lengthy piece, and did reach out to quite a few people in Wisconsin to support the analysis.

    The piece, titled “Why it will be hard for Trump to win Wisconsin again” primarily focuses on Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington counties with this central point: 

    “Few expect the three key counties that surround the state’s largest city to vote Democratic next year. But they say the level of enthusiasm for Trump in Wisconsin’s so-called WOW counties — Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington — matters a great deal in a state where three of the last five presidential elections were decided by less than one percent.”

    It’s written by Politico’s national correspondent Natasha Korecki, who is a Midwesterner, having previously worked as chief political writer at the Chicago Sun-Times. As she puts it in her subhead, “Milwaukee’s Republican suburbs have never really warmed up to the president. That could be a big problem.” 


    Melanie Conklin is proud to be a native of the state of Wisconsin, which gave humankind the typewriter, progressivism and deep-fried cheese curds. Her several decades in journalism include political beats and columns at Isthmus newspaper, the Wisconsin State Journal and other publications. When not an ink-stained wretch, she served time inside state, local and federal government in communications. She is excited to be back at the craft of journalism as Deputy Editor of the Wisconsin Examiner. It’s what she’s loved ever since getting her master’s degree in journalism from the UW-Madison. Her family includes one husband, two kids, four dogs and five (or more) chinchillas.


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