With a population of just over 78,000, Racine may be the most important county you’ve never heard of. Patrick Caldwell reports:
Romney’s hopes of carrying the state—a feat no Republican has managed since the Reagan landslide of 1984—may rest with Racine County. It’s one of the swingiest territories not just in Wisconsin, but in the entire country. Racine County is part of the Paul Ryan’s congressional district, and it went for George W. Bush in both 2000 and 2004. But then Obama carried the county by a healthy 53-46 percent margin. In 2010, Racine’s residents switched back to the Republican ledger, voting for Scott Walker by a 13-point margin. They favored him again in the recall election this past June—but during that same election, Racine recalled its Republican state senator, helping to flip majority control to Democrats in the state senate.
Team Obama hasn’t taken Racine for granted: Michelle Obama stopped through last Friday and Joe Biden is holding an event in nearby Kenosha tomorrow. The president, who campaigned here in 2008, has been missing this year, but he did return for a jam-packed town hall event in 2010.