5 presidential hopefuls campaign in WI this week

Posted at 6:20 AM, Mar 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-28 13:37:32-04

MILWAUKEE -- Like a zone blitz in football, this game plan is all about sacking the competition.

Over the next three days, the five major presidential candidates will attend more than a dozen events across the Badger State. All of them - Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), former Sec. of State Hilary Clinton, Gov. John Kasich (R-OH), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and businessman Donald Trump - have their sights set on winning the coveted primary election on April 5.

"It's not like one of these super Tuesdays where you've got six different states voting," political analyst Lilly Goren said. "It's only Wisconsin [on April 5th] and it follows a lull without any primaries or caucuses."

Secretary Clinton, who holds a solid lead in the delegate count, will visit the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Monday afternoon, followed by an event at the Boys & Girls Club Milwaukee. On Tuesday, Clinton will start her day at Tabernacle Community Baptist Church on Milwaukee's north side. She'll then move on to La Crosse and Green Bay.

Senator Sanders, fresh off victories in Alaska and Washington, will return to Wisconsin on Tuesday, with a morning event in Appleton and then a rally at State Fair Park in West Allis. Sanders will also campaign Wednesday morning at the Carthage College Recreation Center in Kenosha, before heading out to an event in La Crosse.

"It will be loud, and a little chaotic," Goren said.

For Republicans, the tours are just as dizzying: Governor Kasich and Senator Cruz, who have already spent significant time in America's Dairyland, will return for more. The blitz starts Monday, with Cruz campaigning in the Wausau area and Kasich in Madison and La Crosse. 

Trump arrives in Janesville on Tuesday for a rally at Janesville Conference Center. Kasich will also speak Tuesday in Waukesha. 

All three GOP candidates will attend a CNN Town Hall at the Riverside Theater on Tuesday night, hosted by Anderson Cooper. 

Trump will attend a second town hall on Wednesday, this time in Green Bay and hosted by MSNBC's Chris Matthews.