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RNC out of Wisconsin, Maine; focuses on red states

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican National Committee is stopping presidential ads in Wisconsin and Maine to turn focus on usually Republican states where GOP nominee John McCain shows signs of faltering.

  While a pullout from Wisconsin is a significant strategic move, it doesn't represent a full GOP retreat from the state.

  McCain's campaign has notified Wisconsin stations that it plans to continue to buy air time through October 26th at least.

  Wisconsin has been a seriously contested state in seven of the last eight presidential elections. Democrats won narrowly in six of them.

  Al Gore and John Kerry barely edged out George Bush in the 2000 and the 2004 elections.

  But a recent poll showed Obama had a 17 percentage point lead over McCain in Wisconsin.

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