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Prepping for the President

Deandra Corinthios

Prepping for the President

CREATED Oct. 31, 2012

ASHWAUBENON/GREEN BAY--President Obama will campaign in Ashwaubenon Thursday morning. From the airport, to the democratic campaign office, preparations are in full swing.

The president will speak to supporters at Austin Straubel airport. It'll be a quick stop, but it is one experts say could make the difference in the race for the White House in Wisconsin.

Supporters are making signs and picking up tickets. It's a welcome boost of energy for Wisconsin democrats after the president cancelled his visit Tuesday because of Hurricane Sandy.

"It means that Wisconsin is important. It is important in his race and we have known that all along but it also means that he is good on his promise. He said he was coming on Tuesday and he is coming on Thursday," said chair of the Democratic Party of Brown County, Mary Ginnebaugh.

Airport officials ae also prepping for the visit, working with airlines to ensure everything goes smoothly with Air Force One. Travellers can expect tighter security and flight delays.

"We'll make sure that those passengers make their connections and if they can't we'll re-route them onto a different flight," said Austin Straubel airport director, Thomas Miller.

It'll be a quick visit, but with the race is considered a dead heat in Wisconsin, analysts say both candidates are doing scrambling to do whatever they can to move the polls in their favor.

"Some analysts give it a little more chance that it will go to Obama but the percentage on the popular vote is within one or two and frankly that is within the polling margin of error," said political science professor at UWGB, Michael Kraft.

Doors open tomorrow at 8:30 AM and the event is outdoors. Tickets from Tuesday's cancelled event will be honored.