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Obama to campaign in Wisconsin

 

President Barack Obama will stump next weekend in Wisconsin, his campaign announced Friday, marking his first trip to the state since February.

Lee Miringoff, the Director of the Marist Poll at the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, joins The Daily Rundown's Chuck Todd to break down the latest NBC, Wall Street Journal and Marist poll numbers.

The president will deliver remarks at a grassroots event on Sept. 22 in Milwaukee, battleground territory in Wisconsin, a state considered an Electoral College "toss-up" on NBC's battleground map. It's his first trip to the state since Feb. 15; Obama even avoided going to the state during a high-stakes effort to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

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No Republican has won the Badger State, though, since Ronald Reagan in 1984. That hasn't stopped Mitt Romney from trying to put the state in play, more prominently by adding Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman, to his ticket. The Romney campaign also purchased advertising airtime in the state, forcing the Obama campaign to respond in kind.

The latest New York Times/CBS News/Quinnipiac University poll found Obama leading Romney, 49 percent to 47 percent, among likely voters.

Obama's trip -- combined with recent visits by Vice President Joe Biden -- would seem to suggest that the president's campaign doesn't fully consider Wisconsin safely in its column on the path toward collecting the 270 electoral votes needed to secure the presidency.

But unlike Romney, Obama has more paths to 270 available to him even if he were to lose Wisconsin.