MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A “panicked” Sen. Ron Johnson is urging members of the state chamber of commerce in battleground Wisconsin to vote for President Donald Trump. The Republican Johnson said Wednesday during a virtual meeting with Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce that he has been praying for a victory and “the other side is not in love with this country.” The Republican Johnson says he understands that people in Wisconsin “are not real nuts about a New York street fighter.” A Democratic Party spokesman called Johnson ”Wisconsin’s biggest embarrassment.”
UNDATED (AP) — Joe Biden has visited Wisconsin just twice as the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee. That’s still two more times than Hillary Clinton did in 2016. Even in a national political environment fundamentally altered by the coronavirus pandemic, the former vice president has paid more attention to swing-voting Wisconsin and its pivotal neighbor Michigan than Clinton did. More than budgeting some of his carefully planned time, and certainly spending prodigiously more money on advertising, Biden’s team appears to have attempted to correct Clinton’s more glaring failure in the two states by reaching out directly to voters.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More than 75,000 people cast their ballots in-person on the first day that was an option in the presidential battleground state of Wisconsin. Mail-in absentee voting has been available since September and more than 1 million people have already returned their ballots that way. As of Tuesday morning, nearly 80,000 people had voted early in-person ahead of the Nov. 3 election. The combined total of mail-in and early in-person votes cast amounts to 34% of the total votes cast in the state during 2016 presidential election. Voters waited in lines across the state on Tuesday for a chance to cast their ballots in person. Early voting in person will continue through Nov. 1.
OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Two of Wisconsin’s biggest annual music festivals are shutting down for good following COVID-related cancellations this summer. The company that puts on the 25-year-old Country USA and the 9-year-old Rock USA in Oshkosh said this week it plans to file for bankruptcy. The events have featured such headliners as Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and Ozzy Osbourne in recent years. Neenah-based Hypervibe canceled this year’s festivals in June. Ticketholders tell WLUK-TV they’ve been trying to get their money back. Drew Rodgers, of Berlin, filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all ticketholders, but says he isn’t optimistic.
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