CREATED Aug. 22, 2012
BROWN COUNTY, WI - The race for the White House tightens in the Badger State as a new Marquette Poll released Wednesday shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney 49-to-46 percent in Wisconsin. That's well within the four point margin of error.
The latest poll represents a shift in the state ever since Mitt Romney chose Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his Vice-Presidential running mate.
But while this poll shows the Romney campaign gaining ground on President Obama, Wisconsin Democrats remain confident heading closer to November.
The poll shows a different leader in the race than the Public Policy Poll that came out Tuesday, showing Romney ahead of President Obama in Wisconsin. While the two polls differ, it shows how Wisconsin really is a toss-up state in this election.
“It's not polls that drive me, it's kind of the policies in place,” said Jack Mongan, who is voting for the first time this November.
But Karla Arciniega said the polls leading-up to November won't change her mind.
“I feel like Obama would have better intentions for us as America as a whole of the people,” said Arciniega.
Outagamie County Republicans think Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan being introduced as the V.P. candidate gave their ticket a big boost in the new Marquette Poll.
“The United States, the whole country is coming to Wisconsin for advice. It's coming to Wisconsin for its leaders. That's something that we should all be proud of,” said Ron Tusler, with the Outagamie County Republicans.
But Brown County Democrats believe polls will likely flatten out by November
“Anytime a new vice presidential candidate comes into the race, a new face, it gets a little bump,” said Bob Kiefert, with the Brown County Democrats.
Political analyst, Michael Kraft says don't read too much into the latest numbers.
“You can't really look at one or two, up or down and claim polls shows a gain over last month, because really, statistically there's no difference,” said Michael Kraft.
Because the number of those polled, and the margin of error.
Kraft said results probably would have been different if the polling continued through Sunday, after Missouri Rep. Todd Akin's controversial comments about rape and abortion ignited a nationwide firestorm.