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Presidential candidates spend 'unprecedented' time in Wisconsin


MADISON (WKOW) -- The presidential candidates aren't just stopping in Wisconsin because it's centrally located on the map. So many visits in just a few days before the election seems to show both campaigns know the road to winning becomes difficult without our state.

In the final days, President Obama has scheduled rallies in Green Bay, Milwaukee and Madison. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will campaign in West Allis Friday morning. Both of their running mates have also spent considerable time in the state.

"This is, really is, unprecedented attention in terms of the amount of time a presidential campaign is spending in Wisconsin," said University of Wisconsin Political Science Professor David Canon. According to Canon, the Obama campaign sees Wisconsin as the state that could put them over the top in terms of electoral votes if it wins Ohio.

In terms of the Romney campaign Canon said, "If Romney doesn't win Wisconsin he needs to sweep most of those other battle ground states."

The Romney campaign says Obama's visits show that he's worried about winning a state that has traditionally gone blue. The argument is dismissed by Democratic state Representative Chris Taylor. "Well listen, we just had a poll this week that shows how well he's doing in Wisconsin so he is coming here because he knows that every vote here in Wisconsin counts," she said.

There is one things both sides can agree on -- the importance of the Badger State in this race. "Wisconsin, amazingly enough, is going to be one of those critical states in winning this campaign," Mitt Romney's son, Craig Romney, told a group of volunteers in Fitchburg Thursday. "We have a very good shot of winning here and surprising a lot of people," Craig Romney said.

Vice President Joe Biden will make two campaign stops in Wisconsin on Friday. Republican Vice Presidential candidate and Janesville-native Paul Ryan made three stops across the state on Wednesday.






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