GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - We are 19 months from the 2020 presidential election, but the campaign has already begun and Northeast Wisconsin is at the center of it.
President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is set to report that it raised more than $30 million in the first quarter of 2019, edging out his top two Democratic rivals combined. (Source: MGN)
It starts next Saturday with President Donald Trump's rally at the Resch Center.
"Wisconsin is absolutely going to get a ton of attention from elected officials across both parties,” Political Science Professor David Helpap said.
Political experts are calling Wisconsin the battleground state for both parties.
Last year's governor's race and this year's supreme court race were both decided by just thousands of votes.
2020 proves to be no different.
"Since Ronald Reagan, we hadn't gone for a Republican president," Helpap said. "There's no doubt that Wisconsin particularly Northeast Wisconsin area is pretty divided and it tends to move back and forth."
President Donald Trump is jump starting a campaign rally in the Green Bay area next week.
Marquette Law School Poll Director, Charles Franklin, said Republican candidates normally campaign in the Milwaukee suburbs.
"This is a change and it reflects some weakening of Republican strength in the big city suburbs and some growth of Republican strength in the northern part of the state," Franklin said.
An intense race is causing Republicans and Democrats to try a new approach.
"We're important in both census," said Franklin. "You could win us or lose us, and wining or losing us, you could win our lose the electoral college."
We're 19 months away from election night, but as you can see candidates are taking nothing for granted.