Capitol Notes: Wisconsin Republicans Review Last Fall's Elections As They Look Ahead To 2020

May 20, 2019

State Republicans held their annual convention this past weekend in Oshkosh, WI. Party members and leaders used the event to look at what went wrong for the GOP in the fall of 2018 — and to better position the party for the 2020 elections.

While Republicans maintained the majority in the state Legislature in the fall elections, the party's candidates lost in all statewide races.

JR Ross of Wispolitics.com says presenters at the convention talked about how GOP candidates suffered last fall by drifting from the grassroots.

"You got the sense from watching folks that they agreed. They very much bought into the idea that the grassroots needs to be more refocused for the GOP, that they had been neglected last year. So (you saw) a lot of heads nodding when they talked about (how) people didn't feel as enthused last year because they felt like (the party) wasn't engaged as much."