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Report: Wisconsin is land of "persuadable voters"


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - “Wisconsin, the land of persuadable voters.”

That’s how the Washington Post sees us. And with another presidential debate tonight, the Post published a long story Tuesday on Wisconsin’s traditional, unpredictable streak of independence.

You can read the entire story here.

It also cited a much larger than normal percentage of undecided voters in the contest for the White House three weeks from Tuesday.

Marquette pollster Charles Franklin said 10 to 15 percent of Wisconsin’s voters have no strong loyalties to either major party – and they’re truly up for grabs.

The Post called the undecided voters “the Wisconsin persuadables.” Franklin said they’re younger, less ideological, less partisan, and pay less attention to politics.

The Washington newspaper said it was easy for its reporters to find undecided voters in the Badger State who remain, “in play.” And that includes people who will vote on gut instinct on November 6th.

The Post also said Wisconsin has the largest percentage of counties that carried Republican George W. Bush in 2008, and Democrat Barack Obama in 2004. 31 counties did the flip, mostly in the northern two-thirds of the state.

The paper also cited the phenomenon of Obama-Walker supporters – those favoring the Democratic president as well as the Republican governor, despite their near 180 degree disagreements on political philosophy.

Franklin said those people are not driven by ideology or party – but they do their civic duty.