Blazing through the Badger State Politicians make their case to Wisconsinites

At the Democratic Party debate at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in February 2016, students saw the university's hosting of the event as a platform for their protests to be heard. Students protested the lack of tickets available, their wish for an organized union for student workers and a $15 minimum wage.
During the weeks before the April 5 primary, all five candidates still left on the ballot made their way around Wisconsin.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was the first in Wisconsin, holding a rally for a few hundred at the Janesville Rotary. His message included much about tax reform and religious freedom.

Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vermont) Mar. 26 rally at Madison's Alliant Energy Center brought in 8,100 people.

Sanders raises his arms as his wife Jane enters the stage to tell him that he had won the state of Washington, where he had campaigned the day before.

Sanders' message was seen as further left of the Democratic party's platform – "democratic socialism," he calls it – where he spoke on college affordability, raising the minimum wage and environmental concerns.

Donald Trump's Mar. 29 rally in Janesville, Wisconsin, drew thousands, both in support and in opposition to the Republican candidate's campaign platform. Protesters were adamant against Trump's past comments about different sects of marginalized people. Supporters were hoping to see change from Trump.

Former Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York) and Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) were also touring the state during the weeks before the primary. Clinton's message was one of promoting women's rights and equal pay, childcare costs and environmental policies. Kasich, on the other hand, held a town hall-style rally where potential voters asked questions – including one youngster, who was inspired by the national debt clock who asked the governor how he would solve the problem.

On Wisconsin's April 5 Primary Election Day, lines stretched out of the Hamilton Room throughout the University Center, as the polling location saw a record number of voters.

Sanders won Democratic primary; Cruz came out on top for the Republican ticket. However, their wins in the Badger State, in combination with additional wins in other states in the weeks prior, were not enough for either of them to secure the nomination for their respective parties.

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