In an election season with many bright spots for the Republican Party, the Badger State shone among the brightest.
In the Badger State, Democratic gubernatorial challenger Tom Barrett is the one primarily relying on third-party efforts.
Lynette Clark, a leader of the Alaskan Independence Party, said that she was encouraged by the news of out of the Badger State.
Just 44 percent of Badger State Republicans have college degrees, but Romney defeated Santorum there handily.
From the spring of 1873 to the summer of 1883 the "Badger State" was a faithful friend.
No matter what the weather might be, how heavy the gale, the good ship "Badger State" never failed us.
John N. Thompson grew to manhood in the Badger State, and his education was that afforded by its public schools.
Wisconsin is sometimes called the "Badger State" because of the numbers of these animals found there by the early settlers.
1520s, perhaps from bage "badge" (see badge) + -ard "one who carries some action or possesses some quality," suffix related to Middle High German -hart "bold" (see -ard). If so, the central notion is the badge-like white blaze on the animal's forehead (cf. French blaireau "badger," from Old French blarel, from bler "marked with a white spot;" also obsolete Middle English bauson "badger," from Old French bauzan, literally "black-and-white spotted"). But blaze (n.2) was the usual word for this.
An Old English name for the creature was the Celtic borrowing brock; also græg (Middle English grei, grey). In American English, the nickname of inhabitants or natives of Wisconsin (1833).
1790, from badger (n.), based on the behavior of the dogs in the medieval sport of badger-baiting, still practiced in 18c. England. Related: Badgered; badgering.