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Polls: Wisconsin senate race very close

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Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) - Madison and former Governor Tommy Thompson (R)
Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) - Madison and former Governor Tommy Thompson (R)

UNDATED (WSAU)  Three new polls released yesterday show that Wisconsin’s U-S Senate race has returned to being a dead heat. A poll of 750 likely voters by Rasmussen Reports shows that Republican Tommy Thompson leads Democrat Tammy Baldwin 48-to-47 percent. An N-B-C News-Wall Street Journal-Marist College poll of over a-thousand voters also shows a 48-47 margin – but for Baldwin. And a Saint Norbert College survey of 402 adults gives Thompson a 46-to-43 edge. All three results were within the margins of error.

A Marquette Law School poll released Wednesday had Baldwin with a definitive 47-43 lead – and it showed greater support from independents, plus a majority of early voters.

Meanwhile the candidates are putting-on-the-miles as they make their last minute pitches around the state. Baldwin has been speaking at appearances by her fellow Democrats at the top of the ticket. She appeared at President Obama’s rally in Green Bay yesterday, and will be with Vice President Joe Biden today in Beloit and Superior. Baldwin continued to blast Thompson and Republican Mitt Romney for paying lower tax rates than most middle class workers. Thompson campaigned in the Milwaukee area. Instead of attacking Baldwin, the former governor vowed to improve the tax climate so companies don’t have to be skittish about creating jobs. Thompson plans a 10-city tour of Wisconsin over the next three days.

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