Pollster: Keep an eye on upper midwest in the midterms

Pollster Dan Cox said on Thursday that midterm races in the upper midwestern states are ones to keep an eye on in November.

"There's a region that I'm particularly interested in, which is sort of the Great Lakes region, where we saw a lot of working-class voters switch from Obama in 2012 to Trump in 2016, and seeing if they come out, and if they do, do they support Democratic candidates. There's a whole bunch of competitive seats out there," Cox told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

"That region will be incredibly important," he added. 

Among the races taking place in the region is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) reelection bid where he is slated to face off against Democrat Tony Evers. 

Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinKlobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Dems offer smaller step toward ‘Medicare for all' Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Powerful House committee turns to drug pricing | Utah governor defies voters on Medicaid expansion | Dems want answers on controversial new opioid MORE (D-Wis.) is also running for re-election in the state against Republican Leah Vukmir. 

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanUnscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden Coulter defends Paul Ryan: This is 100 percent Trump's fault The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration MORE's (R-Wis.) seat is up for grabs as well. His retirement from Congress has sparked hope among Democrats of picking up the seat. 

In Michigan, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer is facing off against the state's Attorney General Bill Schuette for outgoing Gov. Rick Snyder's (R) seat. 

Sen. Tina SmithTina Flint SmithContractor back pay not included in shutdown deal Push to include contractor back pay in funding deal hits GOP roadblock Dems seeking path to Senate majority zero-in on Sun Belt MORE (D-Minn.), who was appointed to the Senate last year to replace former Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenVirginia can be better than this Harris off to best start among Dems in race, say strategists, donors Virginia scandals pit Democrats against themselves and their message MORE (D) will defend her seat in a special election, while Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharKlobuchar defends work record: Yes, I am a 'tough boss' Female Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up MORE (D-Minn.) seeks a third term. 

The upper Midwest was thought to be a "blue wall" for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRoger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Why the national emergency? A second term may be Trump’s only shield from an indictment MORE during the 2016 presidential election. However, President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE was able to win Michigan and Wisconsin, and came within roughly 2 points of taking Minnesota. 

— Julia Manchester