Local representative, political science professor talk Walker’s #BlueWave tweet

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Republican representative Andre Jacque has been in public office for nearly eight years.

He followed Tuesday’s election closely and says for the most part he’s happy with the results.

He wasn’t surprised by Governor Walker’s blue wave comments on Twitter.

“The governor in the past has referenced a wake up call,” says Jacque. “I know that certainly political parties, both sides of the aisle are always going to have their own narrative to try to create momentum and I think we should always take every election seriously.”

But some think Walker’s reaction to the election results were tweeted out of nervousness.

“You wouldn’t see that type of reaction if it wasn’t some concern there, it sort of the reads that elicit concern, fear and that if we don’t do something now this blue wave is coming,” says UWGB political science professor David Helpap.

Helpap says it wouldn’t be difficult for a state like Wisconsin to eventually become blue.

“for the state as a whole it’s not like Wisconsin has been truly dominated by one particular political party or another in comparison to some other states,” he says. “Certainly Wisconsin has been fairly red at the state level about the last 10 years or so, but that hasn’t always been the case.”

The political science professor says other states have followed national trends and Wisconsin isn’t exempt from following suit.

One of those trends is the uptick in younger voters getting out to the polls.

“This is important because if you can mobilize groups that don’t normally come out and vote that can give you an edge, especially in a state like Wisconsin that’s sort of purple,” says Helpap. “Especially national level elections, if you get those people to turn out, that’s one of the biggest challenges you have to overcome.”

Local 5 is looking into exactly how many young voters got out to the polls in northeast Wisconsin, those numbers aren’t processed at the local level.

Voter turnout in Green Bay was 30 percent Tuesday, up from 10 percent in April 2017.

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