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Wisconsin again ground zero in presidential race



The next presidential election is more than a year away. But the campaign season officially kicks off tonight with the first Republican presidential debate. It seems only fitting it be held in Wisconsin. Both Republicans and Democrats want to win Wisconsin badly. Wisconsin was one of the “bluewall” states that Donald Trump won in 2016, only to vote Democrat four years later. This is expected to be one of, if not the most, hotly contested states in the next election. That means the candidates will be spending a lot of time and money here. In addition to tonight’s debate that puts Wisconsin in the spotlight, in July Milwaukee will host the Republican National Convention, where either Donald Trump or one of the other 8 candidates to take the stage tonight will accept the nomination. We haven’t seen many ads yet, but they are coming. The Biden administration has rolled out a Wisconsin-specific ad featuring a Milwaukee cement worker praising what the President has done to help “real people.” And so it begins, officially, tonight in Milwaukee. And it won’t stop until November of 2024, and hopefully no later. Welcome to campaign season, where once again Wisconsin is ground zero.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Char

    August 23, 2023 at 9:00 am

    The only thing the President has done to “help real people” is to make us “real people” a lot poorer than when took office.

  2. nick

    August 23, 2023 at 6:42 pm

    He had no plan to leave Afghanistan; media silent.
    He lied every time Trump brought up Hunter; the media silent.
    He ignored advice , passed a bill and caused inflation; the media silent.
    Home interest rates are very high; the media silent.
    Three electric car vehicle manufacturers declared bankruptcy and the media silent.
    I could go on and on but the media will remain silent.

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