Donald Trump has become the first Republican presidential candidate to win Wisconsin in more than 30 years.
According to unofficial returns, Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin on his path to becoming the next president-elect of the United States. The last time a GOP nominee won Wisconsin was President Ronald Reagan in 1984.
Trump’s win comes after a hard-fought campaign in the state, which saw the nominee make multiple stops here. Clinton, who recent polls showed with a six-point lead in the state, did not visit Wisconsin during the general election.
Wisconsin Republican leaders applauded Trump’s victory.
In a statement, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) congratulated the president-elect. “It marks a repudiation of the status quo of failed liberal progressive policies. We are eager to work hand-in-hand with the new administration to advance an agenda to improve the lives of the American people. This has been a great night for our party, and now we must turn our focus to bringing the country together.”
Governor Scott Walker called it a “win for taxpayers and a win for America.”
“As we start the work of putting our country back on track, our leaders should look to Wisconsin and be willing to make the decisions needed to enact serious reforms, just like we did in the Badger State,” Walker said in a statement.