FACT CHECK: Is Trump The First Republican To Win Wisconsin Since 1952?
President Donald Trump said that he’s the first Republican candidate to win Wisconsin in a presidential election since 1952.
It had been 32 years, not 64 years, since Republicans took Wisconsin in a presidential election.
Trump visited Wisconsin Thursday to break ground on the construction of a manufacturing plant that could provide as many as 13,000 jobs. “I’m thrilled to be here in the Badger State with the hardworking men and women of Foxconn working with you,” Trump told an audience in Mount Pleasant.
He reminisced about his electoral victory in the state during the speech. “You know, I just realized the other day, they told me – when we won the state of Wisconsin, it hadn’t been won by a Republican since Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952,” said Trump.
“Did you know that? And I won Wisconsin. And I like Wisconsin a lot, but we won Wisconsin. And Ronald Reagan – remember, Wisconsin was the state that Ronald Reagan did not win. And that was in 1952.”
Although Trump exaggerated how long it had been since a Republican clinched a victory in the state, his campaign did break part of the “blue wall” – Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – that Democrats had held for quite some time. Not a single Republican candidate had taken Wisconsin in 32 years.
Here are all the winners of presidential elections in the state dating back to Eisenhower: