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Professor: Biden comes to swing state Wis.


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - In the past year and a half, the candidates have focused on Wisconsin as one of the dozen or so swing states that will decide the election.

President Obama made a trip to Madison the day after his debate.

One political expert on the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse campus said Biden comes to Wisconsin the day after his debate for a few reasons.

He said though the state does have a history of voting for a democratic president since 1988, Wisconsin is considered a swing state, especially with the political heat stirred up by the recall elections and budget reform debates.

"Wisconsin is the center of the political universe of sorts and has been for the last year and a half.  So, one of the thing that both sides in this presidential election are looking to do is capture some of the energy that's going on in Wisconsin. If Obama is going to win the election, he's going to have to win Wisconsin," said Tim Dale, UW-La Crosse assistant professor of political science.

Dale said even though Paul Ryan is from Wisconsin, many voters are going to concentrate on policy issues, rather than geography.

That's because Ryan only represented a congressional district, rather than a statewide constituency, he said.

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