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Marquette Law Poll: Obama's lead over Romney smaller in Wisconsin

CREATED Aug 22, 2012 - UPDATED: Aug 22, 2012

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Click here to listen to Charles Franklin's discussion with Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure."

MILWAUKEE - According to results of a new Marquette University Law School poll, President Barack Obama's lead over GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has shrunk.

Mr. Obama has a 49 percent to 46 percent lead on Romney in the poll.

Officials say that is within the poll's margin of error.

Marquette Professor Charles Franklin says Paul Ryan becoming Romney's running mate may have "slightly increased" Romney's chances to win Wisconsin on November 6.

Franklin told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure" that vice presidential candidates historically gain about a one to three percent improvement in presidential polling in their home state.

With Obama's lead shrinking in the latest poll, John asked if Wisconsin can be considered a battleground state in November.  "I think we can at this point," said Franklin.

Franklin noted that Obama's lead in Wisconsin went from eight points earlier this summer to three points on Wednesday.  Franklin believes that puts Wisconsin from a "slight lean Democratic" to a "toss up" for November's election.

According to Franklin, "There is certainly still time for this race to go either direction."

58 percent of poll takers says Romney's selection of Ryan was either "excellent" or "pretty good."