NORTHEAST WISCONSIN (WBAY) – Across northeast Wisconsin 15 out of 16 counties leaned Republican in Tuesday’s vote.
Menominee County was the only one where Democrat Hillary Clinton was favored.
Clerks in five northeast Wisconsin counties gave us their unofficial turnout numbers Wednesday. We compared their numbers to 2012.
In all but Waupaca County– voter turnout was *lower than we saw back in 2012.
The Outagamie County clerk said early voting indicated that voter turnout on election night would likely be higher than it was.
“The municipal clerks were thinking that there were going to be more voters because of the number of people that were voting absentee. ln Outagamie County we saw about 30 percent of voters vote absentee,” said Outagamie County Clerk Lori O’Bright.
But that didn’t end up being the case, especially when it came to Democratic voters.
It was Republicans who showed up to local polls increasing the margin of victory compared to when Republican Mitt Romney ran in 2012.
We saw that number surge in Brown, Outagamie, Waupaca and Calumet counties, and in Winnebago County, Republican Donald Trump won after President Barack Obama won in 2012.
The county clerk there says they also saw turnout decrease but they did see 4,000 new voters registering to vote.
“Municipal clerks will tell you they did see a lot of people registering,” said Winnebago County Clerk Susan Ertmer.