New poll shows Obama, Romney running neck-and-neck in Wisconsin

August 22, 2012

The presidential race is statistically tied in Wisconsin, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) loses more support, and Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) says Elizabeth Warren must be confused. 

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* A new Marquette Law School poll shows the presidential race is statistically tied in Wisconsin, with President Obama leading Mitt Romney 49 percent to 46 percent, an advantage which is inside the margin of error. The survey also shows former Republican governor Tommy Thompson leading Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) 50 percent to 41 percent in the Senate race.

* Emerson Electric, a major corporate financial backer of Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), isn't backing him any longer. “We backed Todd Akin as a candidate who would help restore the U.S. economy. Given his recent comments, we no longer support his candidacy,” said Emerson spokesman Mark Polzin.

* Obama continued to hammer Romney on the issue of education during a campaign stop in Las Vegas, Nevada. “I’ve got a question for Governor Romney: How many teachers’ jobs are worth another tax cut for millionaires and billionaires?” the president asked at a rally.

* Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told reporters that he is "proud" of his record on abortion rights and that “Mitt Romney’s going to be the president. The president sets the policy. His policy is exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother. I’m comfortable with it because it’s a good step in the right direction. I’ll leave it at that.” Romney favors abortion exceptions in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother's life is in danger, while Ryan does not. Asked about his co-sponsorship of legislation that initially used the term "forcible rape," Ryan responded, "that bill passed I think by 251 votes. It was bipartisan. ... I’m proud of my pro-life record.”

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS:

* While Republicans are holding their convention in Tampa next week, Obama will be stumping through the swing states of Iowa, Colorado, and Virginia. The planned visits appear timed to coincide with the start of the fall semester at universities located in the areas he plans to visit.

* Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) says Democrat Elizabeth Warren's attempts to tie him to Akin will fall flat. “Apparently she’s a little confused as to who she is running against,” Brown said. “She is running against Scott Brown. I am a pro-choice, independent Republican who has a history of being an independent thinker.”

* Romney and Ryan will campaign together in Commerce, Michigan, on Friday.

* The Republican Governors Association has released a new TV ad hitting Montana Democratic gubernatorial nominee and Attorney General Steve Bullock for not joining the multi-state lawsuit against the federal health care law. The ad says Republican nominee Rick Hill will "stand up for Montana, and our rights."

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