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Wisconsin’s historic political sway

by Jan Schroder

Wisconsin voters have taken part in all 44 U.S. Presidential elections since 1848, awarding its fluctuating number of electoral votes to the nation-wide winner a whopping 77% of the time.

The year 1924 proved an aberration, marking the only time the Badger State did not vote for a major-party nominee – instead awarding its 13 electoral votes to Wisconsin native and Progressive Party candidate Robert M. La Follette (the only he received, despite earning 4,822,856 popular votes for President).

However, Calvin Coolidge (Massachusetts) defeated John W. Davis (West Virginia) that election to become the 35th President of the United States.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Wisconsin 100

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