Obama heading to Wisconsin in rare stumping trip

AP News
Posted: Oct 22, 2014 3:57 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Barack Obama is stopping in Wisconsin next week to help Democrat Mary Burke in her tight race to unseat Republican Gov. Scott Walker, marking a rare campaign-trail stop for the president.

Burke's campaign says Obama will join Burke in Milwaukee on Tuesday.

Many Democrats have distanced themselves from Obama ahead of the November election. But he remains more popular in Wisconsin than in most states.

A Marquette University Law School poll last week showed that 51 percent of likely voters had a favorable view of Obama, compared with 48 percent who had an unfavorable one. The same poll showed Burke and Walker in a dead heat for the governor's office.

First lady Michelle Obama has twice campaigned for Burke. Former President Bill Clinton is expected Friday.