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banner Friday, 7 January, 2000, 17:21 GMT
Wisconsin

Both senators in Wisconsin are Democrats, its House delegation is 5-4 Democratic and it backed Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996. But a Democrat victory is not assured.

Key facts
Population: 5,159,678 (ranked 16 among states)
Governor: Tommy G. Thompson (R)
Electoral College votes: 11
Wisconsin has been strongly contested in the last six elections and has a successful Republican governor. Tommy Thompson's tax cutting, welfare reforming and school voucher agenda has been overwhelmingly popular in Wisconsin and is attracting attention from governors around the USA.

1998 Congress
House of Representatives: 5 Democrats, 4 Republicans
Senate: 2 Democrats
The state has also produced the Republican Party and the Progressive movement of Robert Lafollette. This streak of invention is rooted in the state's history, since Wisconsin was largely settled by immigrants from Germany and Scandinavia.

The Progressive Movement advocated active government intervention to help the average citizen, an idea adopted from German liberals and rooted in the idea of bureaucratic rationalisation.

Voting record
1996: Clinton 49%, Dole 39%
1992: Clinton 41%, Bush 37%, Perot 22%
1988: Dukakis 51%, Bush 48%
In the 1990s Wisconsin continued to set its own course, this time in leading the USA's export boom and rejecting earlier ideas about the potential of central planning. The state's highly skilled and productive workforce that serves high-tech manufacturing industries such as Harnischfeger, Allen Bradley and Harley-Davidson has fuelled these changes.

But agriculture and especially dairy farming are still important to the state's identity and economy.

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