The Wisconsin Primary and the 2016 Presidential Campaign

Marquette professor and FiveThirtyEight contributor Julia Azari discusses the Wisconsin primary, Clinton vs. Sanders, Trump vs. Cruz, the possibility of a contested convention, and much more.

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Wisconsin has become the epicenter of presidential politics with the state’s primary just days and races in both parties remaining close contests. So for this episode, I sat down to talk with Julia Azari, who is an associate professor of political science at Marquette University, the author of the book Delivering the People’s Message: The Changing Politics of the Presidential Mandate, a regular contributor at the blog Mischiefs of Faction, and a contributor to

Julia and I discussed the significance of the Wisconsin primary, divisions and fault lines within the political parties, what history can teach us about this year’s wild election cycle, Clinton vs. Sanders, Cruz vs. Trump, the possibility of a contested convention, and much more.

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This episode’s featured song is “Post-Apocalypso” by Midwest Death Rattle.

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Dan Shafer was the digital editor at Milwaukee Magazine. Dan joined the magazine as assistant editor in 2014 and wrote the November 2014 cover story, "Downtown Horizons." He's worked as a reporter at BizTimes Milwaukee and an editor at ThirdCoast Digest. Contact him at He's on Twitter @danshaferMKE.