Campaign Visits Heat Up
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APPLETON, WI--The race to the White House heats up in Wisconsin. Both President Obama and Paul Ryan will be back in the Badger state this week. Political experts say it's a sign Wisconsin is serious battleground territory.
Political experts point to the timing of President Obama's next visit, one day after the debate, as a sign that Wisconsin is a crucial state for either candidate to win.
The president returns to Wisconsin on Thursday. That will mark his second visit in two weeks. This on the heels of a visit from First Lady Michelle Obama to Appleton last week.
On the Republican side, Paul Ryan will return to his home state for a campaign event in Milwaukee on Saturday. And in late September, Ann romney campaigned on behalf of her husband Mitt Romney in Milwaukee.
"That tells me Wisconsin is in play for the election," said political analyst Jim Morrison.
Morrison says the president's visit to Wisconsin the day after the debate is significant.
"I think he wants to test his debate skills. How did it go for him ? By coming to a state that is a battleground ..he wants to find out 'what did it do to me, am I getting any kind of a bump, any support?' " said Morrison.
Wisconsin democrats are onfident they are on pace to win
"I think that all the polls are trending in the right direction. I think the momentum is with us and I am very confident if we get all our work done that we are going to win in November," said chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Mike Tate.
But Republicans point to Governor Walker's win in the recall election as an indicator Wisconsin will go red.
"He won it hands down so we think that we are going to win the state of Wisconsin. So we think the republicans have Wisconsin," said director of communications for the Outagamie County Republicans, Ron Tusler.
With 36 days until the election political experts say both parties have their work cut out for them.
Political experts say Mitt Romney himself has been noticeably absent in Wisconsin. He's relying on Paul Ryan to campaign in his home state.