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Election Day finally arrives in Wisconsin


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Just over three million Wisconsinites could end up deciding the presidential race Tuesday.

State election officials expect at least 70 percent of voting-age adults to turn out.

The Associated Press is the only one of several news organizations which estimates that Democratic President Barack Obama has enough electoral votes to win a second term. Other outlets call it a toss-up with Republican Mitt Romney – and the Badger State is among the very few where the outcome is still up in the air.

Wisconsin could also end up deciding which party gets control of the United States Senate. Republican Tommy Thompson and Democrat Tammy Baldwin are neck-and-neck in what observers call one of the most negative Senate races in the country – thanks in part to the nation’s second-highest amount of special interest money that was pumped into TV ads and phone calls.

Voters will choose at least one new U.S. House member Tuesday. That’s in the Madison area, where Baldwin gave up her House seat to run for the Senate.

Freshman Republicans Sean Duffy of Weston and Reid Ribble of Sherwood appear to have the biggest challenges as they go for their second terms.

GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan of Janesville is also running for his current U.S. House seat against Democrat Rob Zerban.

Control of the Wisconsin Legislature is also up for grabs. The Assembly is expected to stay Republican, but one or two swing contests may or may not keep the Senate in Democratic hands.

There are also numerous races for Wisconsin county offices – plus almost 30 school referendums around the Badger State. All polls open at 7 a.m., and close at 8 p.m.