WASHINGTON – With just four days to go until the midterm elections, both former Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic President Joe Biden are making last-minute trips to Wisconsin for their respective party candidates as the Senate and Gubernatorial battles settle. It looks like you didn’t plan to visit. .
As of Friday afternoon, the two party leaders have not announced plans to travel to Wisconsin. They continued their campaigns in various parts of the country, including New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Iowa.
Their absence in the final push on Election Day comes as polls show both Biden and Trump are unpopular in Wisconsin.
In a recent Marquette Law School poll, 41% of respondents said they approve of Biden’s ability to do the job, while 54% disapprove. Similarly, 39% of respondents reported having a favorable view of Trump, while 53% of respondents said they had an unfavorable view of the former president.
These reactions were highly partisan, with 90% of Democrats supporting Biden’s performance and 78% of Republicans viewing Trump favorably.
Meanwhile, the state’s two major races are toss-ups.
Republican Sen. Ron Johnson had a two-point lead over Democratic challenger Lt. Mandela Burns among voters in the Senate race, according to Wednesday’s Marquette poll. In the gubernatorial race, Democratic incumbent Tony Evers and Republican businessman Tim Michels were tied in the same group, 48% to 48%.
In-state favorability numbers and a tight campaign could offer insight into Biden and Trump’s plans as other Democrats and Republicans campaign in battleground states.
Biden last visited Wisconsin in early September and was greeted by Evers and U.S. Congressman Gwen Moore. Barnes was noticeably absent.
Burns and Evers joined former President Barack Obama in Milwaukee last week in an attempt to boost voter turnout in Milwaukee, the state’s largest city.
The Trump-backed Michels has largely avoided talking about the former president since Trump’s visit to Wisconsin in early August.
In a “closing argument” video posted on his YouTube page on Friday, Michels touted his endorsement from former Republican Gov. A successful governor.”
However, he did not mention his endorsement from Trump.
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This article first appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.