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Wisconsin's important role in the election

With just days before the presidential election, both candidates are focused on Wisconsin voters.

President Obama has made three campaign stops in the Badger state, with two more scheduled. While Republican challenger Mitt Romney has made two stops, and is scheduled to be in West Allis on Friday.

"I do think its possible that they're visits can have an impact on voters," Political Science Professor Eric Giordano said.

Wisconsin is considered a swing state with its 10 electoral votes up for grabs. Giordano says it's no surprise both campaigns are spending so much time and money here. 

"This is really the last chance for some voters to see their vote might actually matter," Giordano said.

Wisconsin has not elected a republican president since 1984. The latest Marquette Law Poll shows Obama has a 51-43% lead over Romney.

"In every election Wisconsin has been important and especially in this one, " Giordano said.

But, this isn't the only high profile political battle in Wisconsin. In the race for U.S. Senate, former republican Governor Tommy Thompson and democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin are criss-crossing the state, shaking hands and trying to win over voters.

"It really is a dead heat between those two," Giordano said.

In addition to meeting voters face to face, the candidates are flooding the airwaves.

Newsline 9's General Sales Manager Dave Keuhn says the Wausau market is among the nation's leaders in political ad sales.

"It's like nothing I've ever seen the pace and the money spent is mind boggling," Keuhn said.

So, by combining all the campaign stops, and the ads, the candidates hope it turns into a mark next to their name on the ballot.

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