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Party time: Presidential primary April 5

After months of watching the primary returns from other states, Wisconsin voters head to the polls on April 5 to make their presidential preference known.

On the ballot

  • • DEMS: In the running are Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

    • REPS: In the running are Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Donald Trump.

Collecting delegates

  • DEMS: The state will have 96 delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Among the pool are 86 “pledged delegates” to be allocated to a candidate based on the April 5 vote. The state also has 10 party leaders who serve as unpledged delegates.
  • REPS: The state will send 42 delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, including 24 district-level delegates, 15 at-large and three party leaders. The congressional district delegates go to the candidate who wins the district. The at-large delegates and party leaders are pledged to the candidate that wins the state.


In the polls

  • DEMS: The latest poll from Marquette University Law School, conducted in mid-February, showed Hillary Clinton at 43 percent, Bernie Sanders at 44 percent, undecided at 13 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 6.9 percent.
  • REPS: The Marquette University Law School, conducted before Super Tuesday, showed Donald Trump at 30 percent, Marco Rubio at 20 percent, Ted Cruz at 19 percent, Ben Carson at 8 percent, John Kasich at 15 percent and undecided at 15 percent. The margin of error was 7.5.


Also running

Other presidential candidates include:

  • Green candidate Jill Stein.
  • Libertarian Gary Johnson.


Still to come in primary season

Wisconsin’s presidential primary isn’t early but it isn’t late. States still to vote in the nominating process include:

Wyoming, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Indiana, Guam, Nebraska, West Virginia (Democratic), Kentucky, Oregon, Washington, Puerto Rico (Democratic), U.S. Virgin Islands (Democratic), California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Washington, D.C.


On to the convention

DEMS: The Democratic National Convention will be the week of July 25 in Philadelphia.

REPS: The Republican National Convention will be the week of July 18 in Cleveland.


Remember when

Barack Obama and Joe Biden won Wisconsin in 2012, with 52.8 percent of the vote.

Obama and Biden also won Wisconsin in 2008, with 56 percent of the vote.

On the Web

For details on where, when and how to vote in Wisconsin, go to

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