For four decades, Elaine Fantin has been putting up political campaign signs in her Fox Point yard. Those signs have shifted support over the years, donning both Democrat and Republican messages, because Fantin considers herself an independent.
This year though, it’s hard to miss the 4-foot by 8-foot "Save America, Vote Obama" sign at 385 W. Dean Rd., facing Maple Dale Middle School.
"Right now, the Republican party today is not the same Republican Party we voted for years ago," Fantin said. "I'm a firm believer in two parties and right now, I'm worried. That's what that sign reflects, we're really worried about the Republican Party and the tones."
Specifically, Fantin said she’s concerned that Republican's call social security an "entitlement" she said government shouldn't get involved in religious issues.
"I don’t think they have a plan correct for the United States today at all," she said.
But this isn’t the only huge political campaign sign you’ll see along Port Washington Road. Just one mile south, at 7440 N. Port Washington Rd., is David Konopka’s sign, also 4-foot by 8-foot, sporting a red, white and blue "Romney/Ryan" design.
"I don't like Obama at all," Konopka said. "The spending, the debt that Obama keeps increasing ... "
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Konopka and Fantain are not the only residents sporting campaign signs. A tour of four miles in Bayside and four miles in Fox Point showed a definite distinction between Democratic or Republican support among yard signage.
In four miles of Bayside, there were 34 properties that had political signs. President Barack Obama had only one-third of Gov. Mitt Romney's 31 signs. Also, some homes had more than one sign per property.
Here's the breakdown of political support:Bayside Candidate No. of Signs Barack Obama 10 Mitt Romney 31 Tommy Thompson 10 Alberta Darling 2 Jim Ott 6 Cris Rogers 2 Tammy Baldwin 2
In four miles of Fox Point, there were 33 properties that had political signs. The race for president, based on political signs, is closer in Fox Point, with Obama pulling 24 signs and Romney having 19. But again, some properties had multiple signs per yard.
Here's the breakdown of political support:Fox Point Candidate No. of Signs Barack Obama 24 Mitt Romney 19 Tommy Thompson 10 Alberta Darling 0 Jim Ott 3 Cris Rogers 8 Tammy Baldwin 0 Dan Sebring 4 Dan Knodl 1
Wisconsin is still considered a major battle-ground state for the presidential election on Nov. 6. Romney will hold a rally at State Fair Park Monday night and Obama will be heading up to Green Bay Tuesday.
For more daily election coverage, including sample ballots, polling places, candidates and more stories check out Patch’s 2012 Voter Guide