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UPDATE: President Obama rallies thousands in Madison


President Barack Obama spoke to a crowd of tens of thousands in Madison Thursday. Thousands were lined up hours ahead of the afternoon event at UW-Madison's Bascom Hill.

Madison Police estimate 30,000 people showed up to hear the president.

His speech lasted for about 25 minutes and touched on the importance of social programs including social security and public education.

The President is up 11 points in the latest Marquette Law School poll out Wednesday.

President Obama visited campus in 2010. Officials estimate nearly 20,000 people were on Bascom Hill for that appearance.

The President also urged his supporters to vote early.

He won Wisconsin by 14 points in 2008, an easy win in a state where 1-in-5 ballots came in before Election Day.

In-person early voting begins October 22 and absentee ballots started going out to Wisconsin voters who requested them at the end of September. Those ballots must be post-marked by Election Day. In-person early voting ends the Friday before the election, set for November 2.

Despite the President's lead seemingly growing in polls of Wisconsin voters taken over the last month, Republicans and Romney supporters says the President's second trip to Wisconsin in a month is an indication of how well Romney and Ryan are doing in the state.

Newsline 9's Emily Neubauer was in Madison for the rally. You can follow her updates on Twitter www.twitter.com/eneubauer_waow. She will also have reports on Newsline 9 at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.

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