Wisconsin is now officially in play as a presidential battleground state, as the Obama campaign has decided to devote its most precious resource of all – President Obama’s time – to the state.
For the first time this campaign, Obama will make his way to Wisconsin, traveling there next Saturday for a rally in Milwaukee and a fundraiser.
Vice President Biden has already been to Wisconsin twice this month, and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius campaigned there Friday. The Obama campaign also announced this week that it will begin advertising in the state.
Obama was leading Romney in Wisconsin by about six to eight points before Romney tapped Wisconsin native Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate, and the state had been considered relatively safe for the president. But the latest RealCearPolitics average shows a dead heat, with Romney within a point or two of Obama.
The president swept Wisconsin by 14 points in 2008.
Wisconsinites are fanatical about their state, guaranteeing that the impact on polls of picking a native son from there would be greater than for other states.
Romney and Ryan have both already campaigned in Wisconsin, and the Romney campaign is running ads there as well.