Whether heeding calls to stay apart, or simply avoiding the bitter cold, there was little sign of supporters mingling ahead of the dueling events
Even the election eve rallies by populist insurgents are relatively subdued in Wisconsin.
Less than 12 hours before polls opened in the Wisconsin primary, dueling rallies in downtown Milwaukee between Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump were toned-down, mellow affairs.
Although the insurgent candidates have packed stadiums and arenas, both struggled to fill rooms the night before the states crucial primary election.
Trump spoke to a half-empty room at the Milwaukee theater despite taking the precaution to curtain off the balcony of the 4,000-capacity venue. Despite being the underdog in Wisconsins primary, Trump has tried to pull out all the stops in an attempt to try to finally knock off Texas senator Ted Cruz and become the partys presumptive nominee.
For the first time in the campaign, Trumps wife, Melania, spoke. In halting English from prepared remarks, the Slovenian-American former model praised her husband for having a great heart and assured attendees no matter who you are, man or woman, he treats everyone equal.