The Geography of the Wisconsin 2020 Presidential Election

Authors: Ryan Weichelt*, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Topics: Political Geography, Quantitative Methods
Keywords: Elections, Wisconsin, GIS
Session Type: Virtual Poster
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM
Room: Virtual 20
Presentation File: Download



The 2020 Election in Wisconsin represented yet another incredibly close election. Since 2000, nearly all Presidential elections have been rather close affairs in the Badger State. The big surprise of Donald Trump winning the election in 2016 shocked many. Further surprise for Wisconsinites happened in 2018 when a quirky unknown, Tony Evers, defeated Scott Walker looking to win a third term in the governor’s mansion. The “Blue Wave” elections of 2018 illustrated both vulnerabilities and strengths for Republicans in state. By 2020, the COVID19 Pandemic surged throughout the United States, and in Wisconsin, the surge began in Mid-October. The result of the election flipped Wisconsin back to the Democrats and provided Joe Biden 10 Electoral Votes. This poster will discuss the election results at a variety of scales to first illustrate the 2020 Election was not that different compared to past elections and will also compare the 2020 results to the 2016 Election, at the voting district level, to help understand how Biden was able to cobble together just over 20,000 votes to win Wisconsin.

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