Well, there’s a new place to keep your eyes on: Brown County, Wisconsin. The Wall Street Journal reports:
Dotted with Catholic churches, paper mills and sports bars, working-class Brown County has followed the national tide since voting heavily for Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984. It embraced Bill Clinton in 1996, but backed George W. Bush in both of his campaigns.
“It’s family, church and the Packers,” said Green Bay Mayor James J. Schmitt, mentioning the city’s famous football team. “It’s simple, but it works.”
This county swung hard to the right this year, helping Republicans to win the Governor’s office, a U.S. Senate seat and control of both houses of the Legislature. The House seat representing Green Bay also flipped into GOP hands, and the other House seat won by Republicans in Wisconsin was in the neighboring 7th District — won by CatholicVote-endorsed Sean Duffy.
Looks like Green Bay will join Toledo, Ohio, as a TV market that both presidential candidates will saturate in October 2012.
UPDATE: By the way, the 16 counties in northeast Wisconsin that encompass the Diocese of Green Bay are 38.5% Catholic. The national average is 22%.