This headline might seem crazy…. after all, Prosser won it 73-27, right? Isn’t that good?
Well yes, the proportions were good, but the turnout was poor, relative to what Waukesha is capable of.
In total, there were about 1.48 million ballots cast in this election compared to 2.16 million in November. That means that statewide, there was .685 ballots cast for every 1 ballot in November.
The fluctuations by county were significant. Dane county turned out huge…. .83 ballots for every one in November. Union strongholds in northern Wisconsin, Bayfield and Ashland counties were similar…. .82 and .78 ballots in this election relative to November. Milwaukee county was about average at .67
But Prosser got the vote out in many conservative areas… Washington county was above average at .69 and Ozaukee was a respectable .67. But Waukesha county? Its ratio was .587. Only 2 counties in the entire state had a worse turnout relative to November.
Granted part of this is driven by the fact that Waukesha county’s turnout in November was so strong, but that’s kind of the point…. Waukesha generally needs to come out huge for conservatives to win in Wisconsin.
This was the exception though…. even a below average turnout, say .62 relative to last election, and Prosser would have been the clear winner. But we didn’t get below average, we got awful. And barring a miracle, we will be regretting it for the next 10 years.