The Wisconsin GOP’s Latest Meltdown

The Wisconsin Electoral Commission was due to elect its next chairman this week, who by law must be a Republican since the current one is a Democrat. But the news at Wednesday’s meeting was the sudden resignation of GOP Commissioner Dean Knudson, who lamented that he felt he was no longer adequately representing his party’s position.

“I’ll match my conservative record with anyone in the state of Wisconsin,” he said, “yet I’ve now been branded a RINO,” a Republican in name only. “There is no evidence that voter fraud is the reason Trump lost Wisconsin, and it’s not because of a lack of due diligence,” Mr Knudson later told the press. His advice to his party is to “steer away from conspiracy theories” and “focus on the issues affecting Wisconsin families and their wallets.”

The other Republican commissioner for the chairmanship, Robert Spindell, has run for the post. But Mr Spindell served in 2020 as one of the fake Trump electors who met to cast fake votes for a losing candidate. Rather than raise it, the commission deferred the decision to a future meeting. “You can’t hold an election unless you have two people available,” said one Democratic commissioner.

Mr Knudson’s successor will be appointed by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Mr. Vos “did not disfellowship anyone, including former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman. “That’s a bad idea. Mr Gableman’s latest claim to fame accuses the commission of criminal fraud in 2020 and calls on the Wisconsin legislature to equalize President Biden’s victory, which is impossible.

Mr Trump lost Wisconsin in 2020 by 20,682 votes, and why it happened isn’t overly complicated or mysterious. Forget the Milwaukee “ballot dump” babble and look at the data in the state’s official statements. “Republicans across Wisconsin did well at every other level in the 2020 election,” Mr. Knudson said. He’s right. Voters elected five Republican congressmen. Mr. Trump lagged behind them all.

In the 8th Circuit, which includes Green Bay, Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher won 268,173 ballots. Mr Trump earned $241,140.

In the 1st Circuit, including Kenosha and Racine, Republican Bryan Steil won 238,271 votes. Mr Trump? Only 220,668.

In the 5th Circuit, anchored in the Milwaukee suburbs, Republican Rep. Scott Fitzgerald won 265,434 over Mr. Trump’s 255,803.

In those five districts, Mr. Trump trailed GOP congressmen by 63,547 votes, or three times his statewide losing margin. Mr. Biden’s numbers are almost a mirror image. He outscored the Democratic candidates in those counties by 64,880. The harsh truth for Mr. Trump is that thousands of Republicans cast their vote for the GOP House but would not give it another four years.

Mr Trump did not lose the election on votes in largely Democratic Milwaukee. He won 29.3% of Milwaukee County in 2020, up from his 28.6% in 2016. Mr. Trump lost Wisconsin with his underperforming among Republicans in places like Appleton or Janesville.

This week’s early results in Georgia prove that most Republican voters are willing to stop looking back at 2020 and try to do real work for their states and country. If Wisconsin Republicans don’t defeat Democratic Gov. Tony Evers this year, they face four more years of vetoes, including bills designed to tighten voting practices. Time to leave 2020 behind.

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