|2012 POLLS (Obama vs. Romney)|
2010 Census Reapportionment: Wisconsin will remain at 10 electoral votes through the 2020 presidential election.
Wisconsin gained statehood in May 1848. Primarily Republican through 1928, the state (like most) turned Democratic during the Great Depression and World War II. From the mid-1940s through 1984, the state vote Republican more often than not. Democrats have won the seven elections since 1988, although the 2000 and 2004 races were extremely close. The 2008 election was not as close, as Barack Obama won by 56% to 42% over John McCain. State-level politics around collective bargaining gave Wisconsin a higher profile heading into the 2012 election. Polling was volatile through the summer and fall, ranging from a dead heat to a margin roughly equal 2008. In the end, Wisconsin voters split the difference, preferring Mr. Obama by 53% to 46% over Mitt Romney.