Diverging Democrats: Minnesota and Wisconsin in the Farm Crisis Election

From Lawrence R. Jacobs’ “Right vs. Left in the Midwest,” New York Times, 23 Nov. 2013. Accessed at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/24/opinion/sunday/right-vs-left-in-the-midwest.html.

Key Points:

(1) differences in strength of legislative affiliation between rural activist groups and urban legislators, and

(2) better development of a language of economic progressive populism which more effectively—though not completely—bridged the rural-urban divide in Minnesota.

Farmer’s Rally, State Capital, St. Paul, Minnesota, from the “Farm Families” project. Arndt, Thomas Frederick January 1985

1986 Wisconsin Lt. Gov and US Senate Primary

Comparing Minnesota and Wisconsin in 1986

Down-Ballot Elections in the Midwest, 2016

The following are excerpts from a larger panel titled “The New Midwestern Politics? The 2016 Election and Beyond” at the 2017 Midwestern History Association Conference, hosted at Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus in Grand Rapids, MI, and hosted by the Ralph Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies. Feel free to contact me with questions about the maps, findings, or methodology.

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