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Democratic candidates flock to UW-La Crosse as midterm voting comes to close Tuesday



Bernie Sanders speaks at UW-L rally on Nov. 4th, 2022

A lot of attention from political candidates at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse last week, as the midterm voting season comes to an end Tuesday.


UW-La Crosse hosted Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, US Senate candidate Mandela Barnes, who is the state’s lieutenant governor, and US Sen. Bernie Sanders.

If western Wisconsin turns out to be a pivotal region of the state, college students could be the reason.

UW-La Crosse political science professor, Anthony Chergosky, Ph.D., said a large turnout of younger voters could make a big difference.

“Elections can turn on youth turnout in this region,” Chergosky told WIZM during the Barnes rally. “La Crosse has always been a pivotal region in Wisconsin elections and this year’s going to be no different. La Crosse could turn out to be a region that decides the election one way or the another, and that’s why campus events like this have been so important for Democrats and for Republicans.”

Chergosky says Barnes, especially, has sought out college voters, to make up for less support in places such as farming regions.

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, who is also a US Senate candidate, and state Assembly Rep. Jill Billings ride from UW-La Crosse to City Hall during a campaign stop Monday, Oct. 31, 2022. (@TheOtherMandela on Twitter)

While Evers and Barnes were campaigning on the UW-L campus last week Monday and Tuesday, Republicans held a campaign rally of their own at the La Crosse County GOP Party headquarters in Onalaska, which included US Sen. Ron Johnson and candidate for the US House, Derrick Van Orden, among others.

“Youth turnout tends to surprise us,” Chergosky said. “It tends to be unpredictable. So, candidates and campaigns invest a lot of resources in turning out the youth vote. They know that they don’t really need to persuade a lot of youth supporters, the Democrats do. They just need to turn them out because the younger group (tends to vote) Democratic.”

Chergosky added that, although college voters are usually considered mostly Democratic, he believes the student body at UW-L is pretty diverse, and more evenly divided between left and right.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. John Q Public

    November 7, 2022 at 5:51 am

    A DEMOCRAT rally of HATE DIVISION LIES AND MISINFORMATION such examples these democrats set

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