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UPDATE: First Lady addresses crowd at UW-Marathon County

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During her speech in Wausau, First Lady Michelle Obama's message was clear as she urged supporters to get out and vote – and vote early.

"Tell people they don't have to wait until November 6 to cast their ballots because you can do it early," said Michelle Obama.

In 2008, one out of every five votes cast in Wisconsin were early or absentee, and Mrs. Obama let everyone know she has already cast her ballot for the President.

"Just a few of you here, in this room, could swing an entire ward for Barack Obama, and if we win enough wards, we will win this state, and if we win Wisconsin, we'll be well on our way to be back in the White House for four more years," said Obama.

The First Lady told the crowd that everyone should talk to as many people as possible in the next 18 days.

"Tell them about all of the kids in this country who can finally afford college. Tell them about the millions of lives that will be changed because of health reform. Tell them how this President ended the war in Iraq – took out Osama bin Laden," said Obama.

In addition to the close to 1,000 people in the field house, there was overflow crowd of 600-- where Mrs. Obama stopped for a visit.

This was the third time within a month that the First Lady stopped in Wisconsin, and she says it's still very much a battleground state.

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