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Final Day of the Campaign in Wisconsin

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Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence and emocratic vice preisdential nominee Tim Kaine.

Neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton campaigned for president over the weekend in Wisconsin, but each camp sent its vice presidential nominee.

In Milwaukee Sunday, Democrat Tim Kaine rallied activists who are helping turn-out the vote, saying the Clinton campaign can't take anything for grant. The vice presidential candidate said the stakes are too high, and polls can be wrong.

On Saturday in Mukwonago, Republican Mike Pence spoke to a crowd of supporters, saying, “People across Wisconsin and people across America are coming to realize this election isn’t so much a choice between two people. It’s a choice between two futures.”

Each of the vice presidential contenders was joined on stage by his party’s candidate for U.S. Senate – incumbent Ron Johnson on the GOP side, challenger Russ Feingold on the Democrat’s ticket.

It's all part of the final push to Tuesday, Election Day.

In Wisconsin, the final day of the Clinton and Trump campaigns will look a little different from one another, as they have for the last several weeks.

While Clinton has sent only surrogates to Wisconsin since April, Donald Trump came here personally several times to urge voters to pick him on Tuesday.

Why the in person visits from Trump? Christopher Murray, a political scientist at Marquette University Les Aspin Center for Government in DC, says the Republican nominee made his case personally because he needs the Badger State in order for the electoral college map to work in his favor. Murray says, "If you’re trying to get to 270 and you’re the Republican you got to get Wisconsin, but I’m just not sure how likely that is."

So, while Trump canceled his Sunday appearance in Wisconsin, he was well represented Saturday in Walworth County by his Vice Presidential partner Mike Pence, by incumbent U.S. Senator Ron Johnson and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Democrats have been canvassing the state, as well. For instance, over the last seven days Wisconsinites have seen Vice Presidential hopeful Tim Kaine, Vice President Joe Biden, and former Clinton opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders, even though Clinton, herself, didn't visit.

Murray says, for both campaigns, they all came with the intention of getting out the vote for either Clinton or Trump, but also to boost the campaigns of the Senate candidates, which is extremely close.

"Not that they’re going to say that explicitly." Murray says, adding, "Tim Kaine’s not going to get up and say I think everything’s great for Hillary, but I want to talk about Russ Feingold now. But implicitly that’s what going on, I think…I they’re there to try to bolster him."

But Election Day is all about turnout, Murray says.

"One of the things that’s important in this regard for the parties and the candidates is to have and infrastructure in place - what’s called the ground game - of people working for you who are working the phones, who are letting people know where the polling places are to make sure they know how to get there, all the things that they need to know how to vote, and this is an area where the Trump campaign is really, really lagging behind. The Clinton campaign has about four times as many field staff as the Trump campaign does."

And what are you doing today if you work for the Trump campaign in Wisconsin? Murray says:

"You’re hoping that there are still people out there that haven’t made up their mind, and if you have people who haven’t made up their mind at this point they are probably more likely to go your way than the Clinton way because Clinton is better known. You probably have a stronger opinion about her than you do about Trump, so that would make you a little bit more persuadable to go Trump."

According to the most recent Marquette Law School Poll, Trump lags Clinton by six points in Wisconsin.