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Wisconsin farmers won't endorse presidential candidate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state's largest farm lobby has decided not to endorse anyone in the presidential election.

  The 42,000-member Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation endorsed Republican George W. Bush in 2004 -- the first time the group made such a move.

  But the group's lobbyist, Paul Zimmerman, says the bureau's decision this year wasn't based on any particular stance by Republican John McCain or Democrat Barack Obama.

  He says it's based on members' mixed reactions to the decision to endorse in the 2004 race.

  Zimmerman says both candidates this year have positions that would appeal to farmers.

  That includes McCain's support for lower taxes and free trade and Obama's support for the milk price support subsidy and ethanol made from Midwest corn.

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