The Presidential election will be decided by a handful of states this year and Wisconsin is chief among these crucial states. President Obama plans his first campaign stop in the state this Saturday and Ann Romney will visit Marquette University tomorrow morning for a rally. Both candidates have an eye on the Badger State as polls show a virtual tie between the two.
The latest survey by Public Policy Polling shows Obama edging out Romney by just one point, 49 percent to 48 percent, well within the poll’s 3 percent margin of error.
Obama won Wisconsin back in 2008 and no Republican presidential nominee has won the state since 1984 but this year Romney could change that. The campaign has just released their second TV ad in the state featuring Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who is from Wisconsin.
Meanwhile, a recent poll coming out this week shows the U.S. Senate matchup between Representative Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and former Governor Thompson (R-WI) tightening. In a new Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News poll shows Baldwin and Thompson neck and neck with each receiving 47 percent of votes, with 6 percent undecided.
Independent groups have poured nearly $8.8 million in the race between Baldwin and Thompson this year.
Baldwin and Thompson are vying to take Democrat Herb Kohl’s old seat, who is retiring at the end of the year. Republicans are hoping to close the gap in the Senate where Democrats are currently the majority. The GOP could easily win the four senate seats they need giving them control of both houses of congress.
Earlier this year all eyes were on Wisconsin as voters went to the polls in a recall election that sent Scott Walker back to the Governor’s mansion. Now, Wisconsin will be watched as both the presidential election and control of the Senate will be determined by Wisconsin and a few other crucial swing states.