By Wausau Pilot and Review staff

Wisconsin could be key to the 2020 presidential election, and at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 12 Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Route 51” will take a close look at where politics in the state stand ahead of the April 7 presidential primary, what we’ll be watching for and what it all means for November.

Guest host Rob Mentzer welcomes Native American journalist Paul DeMain, Mosinee Mayor Brent Jacobson and WSAW Newschannel 7investigative journalist Naomi Kowles for a lively discussion of what’s going to matter to Wisconsin voters, especially in rural and Northwoods areas. The panel will also discuss the special election in the 7th Congressional District, which is coming up on May 12.

“Route 51” is heard Thursdays at 10 a.m. on The Ideas Network stations 101.3 & 91.9/Wausau, AM 930/Auburndale-Stevens Point, 99.1/Stevens Point, 100.9/Marshfield, 90.3/Park Falls, 89.1/Adams-Wisconsin Rapids, and 89.9/Rhinelander-Eagle River. It is re-broadcast Fridays at 7 p.m. on 90.9/Wausau. Program archives are available at