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Final polls show Wisconsin as battleground state


UNDATED (WSAU)   Two new polls released yesterday showed Wisconsin’s presidential race to be in a dead heat – while another poll gave President Obama a definitive lead.

Rasmussen Reports had Obama and Republican Mitt Romney tied at 49-percent for the state’s 10 electoral votes. Another poll by N-B-C News, the Wall Street Journal, and Marist College had Obama leading 49-46 – exactly at the poll’s three-point margin of error, making it a statistical dead heat. Saint Norbert College of De Pere has Obama up by nine points in the Badger State, 51-to-42 percent. That poll surveyed the smallest number of people among the three surveys – 402 – with a five-percent error margin.

The Marquette Law School poll from earlier this week had Obama pulling out to an 8-point edge.

Both campaigns see Wisconsin as a “must state” in order to win the presidency on Tuesday – and they’re proving it with their numerous campaign visits. The Democrat Obama was in Green Bay yesterday – and he plans to visit Milwaukee with pop singer Katy Perry tomorrow and Madison on Monday, where Bruce Springsteen is expected to perform.

Romney has a rally planned this morning at State Fair Park in West Allis. It’s his only planned Wisconsin appearance down the stretch, but his running mate – Janesville’s Paul Ryan – made numerous stops around the state this week. Vice President Joe Biden is due in Beloit and Superior today. Former President Bill Clinton spoke at the two-year U-W college in Waukesha yesterday. He praised Obama for trying to get a strong government and a strong private economy to work together.