Turns out that it’s actually a pretty reliable source for political information:
Now a peer-reviewed study by Brigham Young University political scientist Adam Brown validates Wikipedia as a reliable place to get a political education.
The research focused on past and present candidates for governor across the 50 states. Brown fact-checked biographical information and voting statistics and found very few inaccuracies.
I still think it’s a good idea to check the citations and independently verify the source material. But I also think that Wikipedia is certainly a good place to start when researching a topic.