On Wisconsin: Romney moves to put state in play

Presidential candidates see Wisconsin as a game changer

Republican challenger Mitt Romney has drawn President Barack Obama into a fight in Wisconsin, a state the incumbent Democrat won handily four years ago and his party hasn’t lost since 1984.

It’s somewhat out of necessity for Romney and somewhat a bid to tap into recent GOP strides in a place that once seemed out of reach.

Wisconsin has emerged as the latest presidential battleground. Television advertising is rushing in. And both campaigns are jockeying for its 10 electoral votes as each looks to rack up wins in enough states to accumulate the 270 votes needed for victory.

Republicans and Democrats say internal polling shows Obama ahead, though public surveys show a closer race.

Obama won Wisconsin by double digits in 2008.