Joe Biden aims to rebuild 'blue wall'
Updated: 10:22 p.m. Nov. 3, 2020
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- All eyes now are on the count. It will go late into the night with early and absentee, but it is the in-person votes that have become a priority Tuesday, Nov. 3.
The lower turnout in Milwaukee County specifically in 2016 contributed to the democrats loss here.
Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes made a stop in Milwaukee tonight to urge people to get out and vote. But did it work? The answer to that question might just decide this election.
"The in-person voting is absolutely critical," Barnes said. "We know the road to the White House runs through Wisconsin. When we look at 2016, we lost by barely 5 votes per precinct, and so every vote counts."
So far Tuesday night, the candidates are winning the states that many believed they would. That confirms just how important Wisconsin is to the election.
Wisconsin, along with Michigan and Pennsylvania are considered the "blue wall" keeping the president form getting the votes he needs.
Updated: 9:22 p.m. Nov. 3, 2020
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The polls have been closed for more than an hour Tuesday, Nov. 3. The Biden campaign knows results are nowhere close, but they feel good about his chances in Wisconsin.
The campaign feel although the president had big rallies, their strategy to stay smaller and social distanced will help them in the end.
There was also a push to get people to the polls, even though early voting may have helped Biden.
The campaign pointed out how close the race was four years ago. Democrats say the choice for Wisconsinites is a clear one.
"You have two choices tonight," Wisconsin Democrat Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes said. "We have the choice between hope and optimism or we have the choice of cynicism, racism, hatred and zynephobia. I'm going to choose hope and progress every time."
Democratic Strategist Guy Smith said the campaign is feeling confident.
"We're feeling very confident that our message has resonated with voters in Wisconsin and across the country," Smith said. "We're feeling very confident about that."
Meanwhile, the democrats keep focusing on coronavirus, saying the president's poor handling of the pandemic lead to needless deaths. They hope that message can help push them over the top in Wisconsin.
Published: 4:36 p.m. Nov. 3, 2020
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) --- Wisconsin is one of the blue wall states democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden wants to win to block President Donald Trump's path to re-election - and the campaign feels good about winning it.
Wisconsin played a huge roll in the democrats losing the White House in 2016, so the Biden campaign made it a priority. Biden made multiple stops to the badger state trying not to repeat Hillary Clinton's mistake four years ago. It wasn't nearly as many visits as his opponent, but the campaign still feels like they did enough.
Polls have shown Biden with a slight, but consistent lead, and they feel that will carry through Tuesday, Nov. 3.
"The Vice President has worked very hard in Wisconsin," Democratic Strategist Guy Smith said. "We're pretty confident that what he has to say resonates with the Wisconsin voters. The feedback that we've gotten has been very positive, the polling has been positive."
One of their keys to success is their ground name and getting a strong grassroots presence in the state.