The Washington Times - September 17, 2012, 04:08PM

President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney are in a virtual dead heat in the battleground state of Wisconsin, according to a poll released Monday.

The poll by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling shows Mr. Obama with 49 percent of the vote in the Badger State and Mr. Romney trailing closely behind at 48 percent.

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Perhaps more surprisingly, the poll shows Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin leading 48-45 in the state’s U.S. Senate race over former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson — contradicting polls that through mid-August consistently showed Mr. Thompson as the favorite.

Monday’s poll was commissioned and conducted on behalf of Democracy for America, a left-leaning political action committee founded by former Vermont governor and Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean.

Wisconsin has not gone red in a presidential race since 1984, but polling has shown the state to be a relative tossup since last month when Mr. Romney chose Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate.