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Romney, Santorum to visit Wisconsin before April primary

CREATED Mar. 20, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- On Saturday the Presidential primary will officially kick off in Wisconsin with a visit from Senator Rick Santorum. 

"It certainly appears that it's going to matter," said Marquette University Political Science Professor, John McAdams.  Even McAdams admits a few months ago he thought the Wisconsin Presidential primary wouldn't matter.  "I think they know that Wisconsin, between Santorum and Romney is going to be highly competitive," McAdams said.

The two top campaigns agree.  "We put a high priority on Wisconsin, and we'll be sure to give it all the due attention it needs between now and election day," said Santorum Campaign Manager, Michael Biundo.

"It's going to be a really close election.  I think the reason is that people want to see both candidates and flesh out what their campaigns are about," said the state co-chair from Romney's campaign, Ted Kanavas.

The latest polls, which are a couple of weeks old have Santorum with a double-digit lead.  With the fast pace election, both sides say that doesn't mean a whole lot.  "At the moment has to be viewed as wide-open," McAdams said.

Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul will also be on the ballot, but neither have campaigns in Wisconsin yet.

While both Santorum and Romney have one visit a piece scheduled, how much more they visit depends on how heated they think the race here will get.

"We're going to be there Saturday, and then we are heading to a few other places, but we'll be there quite frequently between now and your primary," Biundo said.

"It's really going to depend on what's happening around the country and also how much time they are going to allot to us," Kanavas said.

Marquette University will release another poll next Tuesday that should give us a better idea about how close the race is.

President Obama will also be on the primary, the only Democrat in the race.