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Last-minute dash for Wisconsin candidates


RACINE (WKOW) -- The marathons that have been Wisconsin's U.S. Senate and Governor's race are now down to a sprint. Candidates are making last-minute dashes with just a day and a half before polls open Tuesday.

Democratic Senator Russ Feingold and his Republican challenger Ron Johnson are spending the final hours of their campaigns meeting voters and thanking volunteers. Both candidates are staying on message. Feingold's been discussing the number of newspapers across the state that have endorsed him. He says his opponent is short on solutions.

Feingold said, "I've been the candidate who's fought against these bad policies... People know I represent the change people want the next couple years."

Johnson's touting his financial experience as a businessman in Oshkosh. He says Wisconsin wants a new voice.

Johnson said, "I'm a big proponent of health savings accounts. Why don't we have the freedom to buy insurance across state lines? That would bring in free market principles; bring in competition."

In the governor's face, Milwaukee Mayor and Democratic candidate Tom Barrett stopped at a number of churches in Milwaukee Sunday before heading to Madison. He's trying to rally black voters who helped give President Barack Obama a huge victory in Wisconsin behind his campaign for governor. Barrett spoke at one African American church on Milwaukee's north side, asking congregants to defy predictions that they will not vote in the same numbers on Tuesday, as they did in 2008.

Barrett said in Madison, "We all know Wisconsin faces some serious challenges. We have a serious budget deficit... we have to have a real focused job strategy. Scott Walker has failed to do that in eight years as Milwaukee County executive."

His Republican opponent Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker took his Brown Bag Bus tour through Racine and Kenosha. He stopped at several sports bars in Wisconsin Rapids and Shawano during the Packers game.

Walker said, "The last 8 years under Jim Doyle hasn't worked. Going 4 more years with those same policies, essentially a 3rd term of Jim Doyle will not work. Instead, we've got a better plan to get the state working."

Barrett is behind in the polls against Walker, but Democrats are counting on a large get-out-the-vote program to make the race competitive.

Obama carried Wisconsin with 57 percent of the vote two years ago.

All campaigns stopped their voter-outreach efforts for three hours during the Packers game Sunday afternoon.

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