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Obama Kicks Off Campaign Swing in Wisconsin

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is kicking off a weeklong, six-state campaign spree with a visit to Wisconsin.

Obama will attend a rally at a Milwaukee high school Tuesday for Mary Burke, the Democrat trying to oust Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Defeating Walker, a potential 2016 presidential contender, would be a major coup for Democrats.

The president has been a rare sight on the campaign trail this year, where his low approval ratings make him a potential liability for his party. But in states like Wisconsin, Democrats are hoping high turnout among die-hard Obama supporters will put them over the top in hard-fought races for governor.

Republicans, too, are trying to use Obama’s efforts to drive up turnout and enthusiasm among their own supporters. In a fundraising pitch on Tuesday, Walker said the presidential visit showed Burke’s campaign was being powered by the Obamas, the Clintons and special interests in Washington.

“President Obama is coming to Wisconsin to campaign for my defeat,” Walker said. “I expected it. In fact, I’m wondering what took him so long.”

Polls show the Wisconsin race is deadlocked between Walker and Burke, with very few voters undecided. Obama won Wisconsin in 2008 and 2012.