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Pols looking to pump image find plenty of stats

MADISON, Wis. - Politicians looking to pump up their home state's image at the expense of neighboring competitors have more groups, studies and reports to back up their claims than ever before.

Indiana governors often rely on selective studies to argue the state has flourished most on their watch. But it was Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker who supplied Indiana Republicans last week with some selective statistics to bolster his image.

The potential White House contender told Republican donors that one of the reasons he first ran for governor was to improve his state's ranking in Chief Executive magazine as a place to do business. He achieved that, but Democratic hecklers also pointed out that job creation plunged on his watch.

Indiana topped Wisconsin in the magazine's rankings.

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