Obama makes Wisconsin a priority in race's final stretch

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President Barack Obama, who canceled campaign events Wednesday for a third day in a row to focus on Hurricane Sandy, will touch down to make remarks on the tarmac at Austin Straubel International Airport near Green Bay on Thursday morning, the Associated Press reports.

Vice President Joe Biden plans a campaign appearance in Superior, Wis., on Friday, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

The Obama and Romney campaigns are making last-ditch efforts to win Midwestern states, sending surrogates to Minnesota and spending money here on ads. Nationwide, the two are in a dead heat, according to the latest poll released Tuesday by The New York Times and CBS News.

Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod said he would shave his mustache of 40 years if Obama loses Minnesota, Michigan or Pennsylvania.

KSTP's Tom Hauser says a new KSTP poll shows Obama with a 7-point lead in Minnesota:

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan stumped in his home state of Wisconsin Tuesday and made an unannounced dinner stop at O'Gara's bar and grill in St. Paul, the Star Tribune reports. Former President Bill Clinton rallied university crowds in Minneapolis and Duluth on Tuesday, MinnPost reports.

NPR examines why Republicans are suddenly plunging into Democratic strongholds like Minnesota and Pennsylvania.

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