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Obama coming to Madison day before election

Published On: Nov 01 2012 10:38:40 AM CDT
Updated On: Nov 02 2012 08:31:25 AM CDT

President Barack Obama is bringing star power to Wisconsin -- including a planned rally in Madison the day before the election -- as the campaign tries to hold onto a slim lead in the polls.

Bruce Springsteen will perform at Monday morning's rally and introduce the president at the campaign stop, which will happen outside in downtown Madison, campaign staffers said.

Obama's visit to Madison will be his third to Wisconsin over five days, indicating the president doesn't think the state is solidly on his side, University of Wisconsin-Madison political scientist Ken Mayer said.

"The fact that he's spending so much time here suggests pretty strongly that they are not at all convinced they have it locked down," Mayer said. "If they thought they had it locked down, he would go someplace else."

A Marquette University Law School poll released on Wednesday showed Obama leading Republican Mitt Romney by 8 points.

The Madison visit is targeted at getting Democrats and young voters excited about the election the following day, Mayer said.

About two out of every three voters under the age of 30 chose Obama in 2008, poll data indicate.

Meanwhile, Romney's campaign looked to chip into that base of support Wednesday night in Fitchburg.

Romney's youngest son, Craig, told a group of young Republicans that their efforts to get voters to the polls would be critical.

"Wisconsin, amazingly enough, is going to be one of those critical states in this campaign," Craig Romney said. "We have a very good shot of winning here and surprising a lot of people."

Mitt Romney planned to campaign in West Allis on Friday.

Obama was in Green Bay on Thursday and he planned to be in Milwaukee for a rally with pop singer Katy Perry on Saturday.

Springsteen's visit to Madison will be a return to the city. He also campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry in Madison in 2004. That visit attracted about 80,000 people.

It's important to draw a big crowd Monday because it's one of the last stops before Election Day, said Chris Hoffman, the chairman of the UW-Madison College Democrats.

"We've been making sure students are fired up and ready to go," Hoffman said. "There is a little less energy anecdotally (than 2008), but they're still ready to vote for the president."

Obama was on the UW-Madison campus in early October, the day after the first presidential debate. That visit attracted more than 30,000 people. 

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