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Obama, Baldwin stick together in Wisconsin

Associated Press Published: November 2, 2012
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Baldwin's campaign spokesman John Kraus said in a statement that both Democrats have strong grassroots support. While that may be, only Obama could draw 30,000 people in Madison, as he did in early October. The crowd is expected to be even bigger when he appears with Springsteen.

Romney's campaign says the president keeps coming back to Wisconsin because he's afraid of losing the state, and Thompson reiterated that idea at Friday's rally and at a subsequent campaign stop in Madison. But Obama's supporters said he's simply trying to lock it down.

"If you're moving toward the finish line, you keep your foot on the gas," said Scot Ross, the head of liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now.

Obama's decision to campaign in the two most Democratic parts of the state in the three days leading up to the election — Milwaukee on Saturday and Madison on Monday — can only help Baldwin, Ross added. With those events, she will have appeared with Obama five times before the election.

On Friday, she campaigned in Beloit with Vice President Joe Biden.

Romney's campaign stop on Friday was his first trip to Wisconsin since he introduced Janesville native Paul Ryan as his running mate in August. In late September, when polls showed Obama leading Romney by as much as 14 points and Thompson trailing Baldwin by as much as 9 points, Thompson openly complained that the Republican nominee was dragging him down. But he quickly reversed course days later and said he hoped to bring Romney up.

He didn't try to distance himself from Romney on Friday.

"We're running as a team, top to bottom," Thompson said. "We're going to win this race top to bottom.

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Associated Press writer Dinesh Ramde contributed to this report from West Allis.