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New polls show Democrats gaining support in WI

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Several new polls released Wednesday show President Barack Obama is widening his lead in Wisconsin. The polls also show the state's U.S. Senate race has taken a dramatic turn.

Political experts say the Democratic Nation Convention could be one reason for the jump in support, but there's still a lot of time to campaign.

"The independents seem to be making a difference. That's what the poll numbers show," UW-Marathon County Political Science Professor Eric Giordano said of the latest poll numbers that favor Democratic candidates.

The latest Marquette Law poll shows the president now leads Mitt Romney 54 to 40 percent in Wisconsin. More than 700 likely voters were surveyed, and the poll has a margin of error around 4 percent.

Last month, only three percentage points separated the two candidates.

"I think most pundits even in conservative circles thought that the democrats pulled off a little bit better of a convention than the republicans so it's possible that could have been a factor," Giordano said.

He told Newsline 9 another factor could be how both campaigns are spending money.

"It's possible that people are seeing a lot of spending in a lot of Democratic commercials."

According to the Marquette poll, the race for U.S. Senate has also changed drastically over the last four weeks.

Democrat Tammy Baldwin now leads Republican Tommy Thompson 50 to 41 percent.

Another poll released by Quinnipiac University in Connecticut shows Baldwin and Thompson in a dead heat. Both candidates received 47 percent support in that poll this month compared to August where Thompson lead 50 - 40 percent.

"I don't put much stock in it. A month ago I was up 12 points. It's the poll that counts on election day," Tommy Thompson said.

Baldwin released a statement saying, "four polls released this week show that we are moving in the right direction."

The Quinnipiac University poll also showed gains for President Obama in Wisconsin. He now leads 51 - 45 percent. Last month's results showed a statistical dead heat with Obama up 49 - 47 percent.

Giordano said these newest poll numbers could impact how both parties campaign in the final days before the election. He told us, "there's still a long campaign here to go, the question is do the republicans have enough in the tank to overcome this gap?"

Both presidential campaigns continue to make Wisconsin a priority. Ann Romney is scheduled to appear at an event in Milwaukee Thursday, while President Obama plans to attend a rally and fundraiser there on Saturday.

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Marquette Law School Poll

Quinnipiac University Poll

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