2004 John Kerry

Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry speaks at a jobs and economic development forum organized by Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle (left) on Feb. 13, 2004 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

LEAH L. JONES - Wisconsin State Journal archives

Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry won the Wisconsin primary, which in 2004 was moved up on the calendar to February, giving the race added significance in the Democratic nominating process. Former Vermont governor and previous Democratic front-runner Howard Dean announced that his campaign "had come to an end" the day after he came in a disappointing third place in Wisconsin. Kerry went on to secure the Democratic nomination and won Wisconsin in the general election, but ultimately lost to incumbent President George W. Bush.

Wisconsin Democratic primary election results

  • Date: Feb. 17, 2004
  • Winner: John Kerry
  • Votes for: 328,358 (40%)
  • Runners up: John Edwards (34%), Howard Dean (18%)

Wisconsin general election results

  • Date: Nov. 2, 2004
  • Winner: John Kerry
  • Votes for: 1,489,504 (50%)
  • National winner: George W. Bush
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