Rhodes Cook thinks the Wisconsin union fight could influence the 2012 race:
Of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, both Obama and Walker swept 59 in their respective races 46 of which were won by both candidates. Each carried most of rural Wisconsin as well as the bulk of longtime manufacturing centers, including the counties that include Green Bay, Racine, Kenosha, Manitowoc, and yes, Oshkosh. Which party wins these swing counties and constituency groups in 2012 not only in Wisconsin, but also the whole swath of Rust Belt terrain “from Scranton to Oshkosh” could be significantly affected by the outcome of the current Republican-labor showdown in Madison.
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