The Wisconsin Primaries May be a Turning...

Posted at 7:15 PM, Feb 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-10 20:15:29-05

Republicans Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina dropped out of the Presidential race today. That happening just after Donald Trump won big in the New Hampshire primary and John Kasich managed to come in second.

On the Democratic side Bernie Sanders was last night's big winner with sixty-percent of the vote defeating Hillary Clinton.

Those results have many asking whether Wisconsin's primary even matters. NBC26 spoke with some local experts on the matter and shares their insight.

Just over half of the country's primary votes will have been tallied by the time Wisconsin gets to throw in their two cents on who should be the front runner to lead the country. But political experts say don't count Wisconsin out because voters here could still make a difference in the upcoming election.

As potential Presidential candidates attempt to leave their mark on states that haven't made up their mind just yet, folks in Wisconsin will have to wait until April 5th to go to the polls for the primaries.

"I live in a suite with eight other girls and we actually watched all the debates so far so we can keep up and try to be as informed as we can be," says Shannon Salter a St. Norbert College Sophomore who full anticipates voting in the primary.

But just over half of the nation will have already chosen their top candidates by the time Wisconsin gets too. Which raises the question, will Wisconsin’s vote matter?

"When we see Wisconsin’s primary April 5th I think it's still going to be in play. I think it's still going to be an important primary," says retired Political Science Professor David Wegge.

Wegge says in years past the major candidates would be figured out as soon as mid-March, but that won’t likely happen this year.

"It’s not common. We're gonna have four or five candidates in April," adds Wegge.

So for those who plan on casting their vote in April like Salter, maybe there is some comfort to be found knowing that even after most of the country has made up their mind, and individual vote here in Wisconsin could make the difference.

"I believe that every vote counts. Even though it might not seem like it," adds Salter.

Following the primaries here in Wisconsin some political experts say expect the northeastern part of the state to be a hotbed of campaigning cycles as we approach the Presidential election.