A look at Wisconsin, site of a GOP primary Tuesday


Salon Staff
April 3, 2012 11:09AM (UTC)

A profile of Wisconsin, which holds its presidential primary on Tuesday:

NUMBERS

Population: 5.7 million

AGE

Median age: 38.5

Percentage of population 65 and over: 13.7 percent

RACE

86.2 percent white, 6.3 percent black, 2.3 percent Asian, 5.9 percent Hispanic, 1 percent American Indian

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LANGUAGE

Language other than English spoken at home: 8.4 percent

EDUCATION

High school graduates: 89.4 percent

Bachelor's degree or higher: 25.8 percent

MONEY

Median household income: $51,598

People below poverty level: 11.6 percent

Homeownership rate: 69.5 percent

2008 PRESIDENTIAL RESULTS

Barack Obama: 56 percent

John McCain: 42 percent

WISCONSIN FACTS

— The GOP presidential primary has been largely overshadowed by the recall election of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, which was ordered last week. It will be held June 5 against the winner of a May 8 Democratic primary.

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— Wisconsin is considered a swing state in presidential elections, but the last Republican to win the state in a presidential election was Ronald Reagan in 1984.

— Wisconsin is known as America's Dairyland, ranking No. 1 in cheese production nationally and No. 2 in milk production. It has about 1.26 million dairy cows, about 1 cow for every 5 residents.


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