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Wisconsin could be key state in deciding Presidential election


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The polls are open, as the eyes of the nation watch Wisconsin and a handful of other presidential battlegrounds.

Ohio was considered by many to be the most crucial in state in play. And if Republican Mitt Romney takes Ohio Tuesday night, some observers believe the race could come down to Wisconsin.

Republicans have not carried the Badger State since 1984, when Ronald Reagan won his second term in the White House.

Democrats believe President Obama has nailed down Wisconsin again, after winning the state by 14 points last time. But the GOP has put on a full-court press with native son Paul Ryan of Janesville as Romney’s running mate. They also hope that former Governor Tommy Thompson continues to show his popularity of old in a tight race with Democrat Tammy Baldwin.

Tuesday, Wisconsinites will not have to show photo ID’s to vote, as the result of two judicial rulings which Republicans continue to challenge. But voters must still sign log books. And those who register at the polls must prove that they’ve lived at their present addresses for 28 days.

Also, Republicans ended voters’ ability to choose a straight party. They must vote for all races individually. The Wisconsin polls close at 8 p.m.