Wisconsin got lots of attention as a so-called “battleground state” during the 2022 campaign season.
Presidents Biden, Trump, and Obama all paid visits to the Badger State to help candidates for governor or U.S. Senate, but none of them got to La Crosse County this year. However, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, who could become speaker in the new session, met with farmers at Brice Prairie in June while campaigning with eventual Congressman-elect Derrick Van Orden, who won the 3rd District House seat in November.
“These Democratic policies that have increased the price of fuel from a diesel and others…the inflation with their runaway spending for the feed and others make it very difficult for the American farmer to survive, especially here in Wisconsin,” McCarthy told local reporters during a farm visit.
Sanders downplayed widespread claims of voting fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
“When you’re an adult, you don’t go around saying in a democracy, that the only reason I lost was fraud. No, the other guy got more votes than I did. That happens,” said Sanders.
The Wisconsin Democratic Party was holding its convention at the La Crosse Center the same week that the Supreme Court reversed the Roe vs. Wade decision on abortion. Democratic Governor Tony Evers spoke about the ruling during the convention.
“I have seven grandkids that are girls or young women,” Evers said on June 25th, the day after the court ruling. “Yesterday, they were made second-class citizens. That’s bull—-.”
Both Evers and Johnson won new terms to their jobs in the November election.
For the first time in three years, La Crosse County did not get a presidential visit in 2022. Joe Biden came to La Crosse in June of 2021, and Donald Trump held a campaign rally in West Salem at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway a week before the 2020 election.