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Is cash king in Wis. race or does face time count?

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wisconsin's GOP primary for the U.S. Senate race pits a wealthy political newcomer against an underfunded candidate who's been in the race a lot longer.

That raises the question: Can months of grass roots campaigning compensate for a lack of funds?

Watertown businessman Dave Westlake hopes so. He's crisscrossed the state for more than a year meeting voters face-to-face. But Oshkosh newcomer Ron Johnson is the favorite to win the Sept. 14 primary -- largely because he's a multimillionaire.

Wisconsin's history suggests Westlake's campaign could be viable. Politicians like Democratic Sen. William Proxmire and Gov. Lee Sherman Dreyfus won without a lot of cash.

Experts say the presumption is Johnson will win, but Wisconsin can be unpredictable enough that one won't know for sure until primary

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