I’m seeing a lot of articles stating that Paul Ryan will easily bring independents and apathetic Democrats over because he’s a highly conservative Republican in a heavily Democratic district. I’m seeing that Ryan got more votes than Obama in 2008 and 2010 so if he’s so unpopular then why does he keep winning in a heavily Democratic district?
The answer is simple. His district is not heavily Democratic. Slightly Democratic, yes. But not “heavily.”
Since 1848, Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District has had 26 different representatives. Of those, 15 have been Republican, 10 have been Democratic and 2 have been of a third party. 90% of the population in the 1st is white and nearly 58% of the district are white collar workers who tend to lean Republican.
Yes, there are probably good concentrations of Democratic voters in the 1st but the Republican voters in the suburbs and rural areas outnumber them.
As for Ryan getting more votes, that’s true. In 2008, Obama got 51% of the vote while Ryan got 64%. Compare that to 2004 when Bush got 53% and Ryan got 65%. Seems pretty Republican to me.