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UPDATE: Romney/Ryan cancel campaign stops in Wisconsin

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WEST ALLIS (WKOW) -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan will no longer campaign in Wisconsin this week as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the Eastern seaboard.

Romney was scheduled to campaign in West Allis on Monday night and Ryan was scheduled to be back in Janesville on Halloween.

Campaign officials say they have both canceled planned appearances Monday night and all day Tuesday.

The decision was announced a short while after President Barack Obama canceled his visit to Florida on Monday and Tuesday's campaign stop in Green Bay. The President will be in Washington to oversee the federal government's response to the threat posed by the storm.

Romney intends to go ahead with speeches Monday afternoon in Ohio and Iowa before he begins observing his self-imposed storm-related moratorium on campaigning.

The former Massachusetts governor and Obama are locked in a close race, eight days before Election Day.

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WEST ALLIS (WKOW) -- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney heads back to Wisconsin on Monday.

He'll campaign at State Fair Park in West Allis. The program is at 7:40 p.m.

President Barack Obama will be in Wisconsin on Tuesday. He'll be at Green Bay's Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena in the evening.

The race itself is just about as tight as it can be. ABC News reports support for Obama and Romney has averaged 48-48 percent since September, the closest in ABC News/Washington Post polls, or Gallup polls before them, in comparable periods dating back 76 years. It's also the first race since 1960 where neither candidate, in this period, has exceeded 50 percent support. That is adjusting for third-party vote where applicable.

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