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Land of Confusion: Part V - Adams County
Adams County, you are such a beautiful county. I've spent countless summer days vacationing in your luscious sandy forests and antiquing through your small hamlets. But seriously, what the heck is up?
Retiring Guy's Digest blog did this write up on Adams County last year which is short, sweet, and to the point: Adams County is poor, rural, and and area where people in 2010 and 2012 have been voting against their economic interests to the extreme. The Ron Paul signs that have permeated across the county over the last decade make me seriously question what message Democrats are sending and how they are sending it. Adams County's economy is based on two industries: tourism and agriculture, which once again makes me ask, how are we not winning the message with these people?!
When you look at the map, it's pretty clear to see that while Walker won the west, he didn't win it by that much. Adams County, and in fact, most of West-Central Wisconsin was won by less than 10 points.
But, what can history tell us? What about 2008 and the Obama Landslide? Or the 2006 Gubernatorial Election? This is what we here at Wisconsin Soap Box are for!
Adams county there went for President Obama between 10 and 20%! But yikes, what's interesting is that when you look at how far we have traveled since 2008 in this state, you see we have a lot of ground to make up! (Props to MJS for the map)
Let's see what the data shows for Adams County in the Doyle v Green Gubernatorial Election:
|Jim Doyle||Barbara C. Lawton||Democratic||4,416||55.91%|
|Mark Green||Jean Hundertmark||Republican||3,324||42.08%|
Okay, nice, nice healthy margin. Obviously Democrats have been capable of doing well in the "Central Sands" over the last 10 years. Now, let's look at the 2010 Gubernatorial Election:
|Scott Walker||Rebecca Kleefisch||Republican||3,748||52.27%|
|Tom Barrett||Tom Nelson||Democratic||3,298||46.00%|
UGGGGG!!! Can I explode now?!?!? Seriously! Democrats, you lost around 1,200 voters in this county!!! It's not like Republicans over-performed the 2006 election by huge percentages! Democrats messed up HARD! Dare we even look at the 2012 Recall election results?
Walker: 54.5% - 4,497
Barrett: 44.3% - 3,657
WHY?!?!?! WHY DO WE KEEP DOING THIS TO OURSELVES!?!?
How is it that we've lost so many voters in this county since 2006 in Gubernatorial Elections?!
You want a real scream, President Obama got 5,806 votes in Adams County in 2008. We've got to stop doing this to ourselves!:
We have issues in this county! This is the Land of Confusion!