Wisconsin GOP Chairman Brian Schimming says that the GOP can take back the Badger State if the party changes its tactics around early voting.
“We’ve had so many close races,” Schimming told the “Just the News, No Noise” TV show. “We lost our Attorney General the same night we lost Scott Walker’s race by just a handful of votes–20 or 30,000 votes. That race changed history. We now have a Democrat governor and a Democrat attorney general as a result of that. So we can literally change history tactically.”
“If we get people to vote early, we can concentrate our resources on voters that maybe never show up at the polls,” he continued. “They’re with us. They live like us. They act like us. They believe like us, but they don’t always vote. We go out and get those people to vote. That is my message as I travel across the state.”
While Republicans have been slow to embrace early and mail-in voting, party leaders have begun to embrace it.
“We have some voters who like to vote on Election Day, and we have to explain to them we can’t allow Democrats to get a head start,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in June. “We don’t want to wait till the fourth quarter to start scoring touchdowns when you have four quarters to put points on the board.”
Schimming added that a majority of races in Wisconsin have been very tight, which is why embracing early voting is important.
“We’ve had 12 elections in the last 24 years in Wisconsin, that have been decided by less than 30,000 votes,” he said. “Well, that’s not much in a state of 6 million people. So it’s critical to me. It’s why Chairwoman McDaniel and myself and Congressman Van Orden, rolled out the ‘Bank Your Vote’ program here–the first state in the country here in Wisconsin.”