Sanders Leads Clinton In A Close Race In Wisc.


Depending on where you are in the state of Wisconsin depends on which candidate on the Democratic ballot. Bernie Sanders is attracting thousands of people in Wisconsin’s liberal capital city for the second time in less than four days.

Meanwhile, in Milwaukee and throughout the northern part of the state is Hillary Clinton Country, where she has a strong and loyal following.

Sanders campaign stopped in Madison yesterday talking about a new Wisconsin poll showing him in a close race with Clinton ahead of the state’s Tuesday primary. As he has across Wisconsin in the past week, Sanders is railing against Republican Gov. Scott Walker and new voting laws that opponents say make it harder for Democrats to cast ballots.

The Marquette University Law School poll shows Sanders with 49 percent compared to 45 percent for Clinton among likely Democratic voters. The poll of conducted between March 24 and Monday has a 6.3 percentage point margin of error.


Looking at the cross tabs inside the poll there were some very interesting findings:

77 percent think Clinton is the most likely nominee, with 19 percent saying Sanders is most likely to win the nomination. Prior to Iowa and New Hampshire voting, 60 percent said Clinton and 33 percent said Sanders was most likely to win the Democratic nomination.

In the Democratic primary, among likely voters, Sanders’ lead is strongest in Madison and the north and west, with other areas closely competitive. In the City of Milwaukee, Clinton leads 51‑42 among all registered voters but Sanders has the edge 47-46 among likely voters, an indication of the potential effect of turnout on the results.

Sanders has been hammering former Sec. of State Clinton on the issue of trade in Wisconsin, but the Marquette poll shows that by a margin of 48%-42%, Wisconsin Democratic voters say that trade agreements have been an overall good thing. The degree of support for trade agreements suggests that the Sanders campaign might be misfiring with Badger State voters on trade.


Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.