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MADISON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to campaign with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke in Milwaukee just before the election.

A White House official says the Wisconsin stop will be one of seven the president will be making in the final days to help Democratic gubernatorial candidates.

The exact date of the visit was not announced, other than it would be in the final full week of the campaign. A spokesman for Burke did not immediately return a message Wednesday.

First lady Michelle Obama has campaigned twice for Burke in the past two weeks, once in Madison and once in Milwaukee.

Burke’s challenging of Republican Gov. Scott Walker is one of the tightest governor’s races in the country.

The Republican Governors Association spokesman Jon Thompson has issued this statement on President Obama’s upcoming travel for Democratic gubernatorial candidates:

“Democrat candidates for governor have spent this election cycle running away from President Obama’s record low approval ratings and failed policies, but make no mistake, they own them now.  Every one of these states President Obama won in both 2008 and 2012, and now he’s forced to help defend them again, including candidates like Anthony Brown in extremely blue Maryland, Pat Quinn in Obama’s own home state of Illinois, and Dan Malloy in Connecticut, where half the residents say they are ready to bolt the state. GOP candidates for governor in these states are surging in the polls because they offer voters something Democrats cannot: job growth, prosperity and a focused plan to create jobs. We look forward to these candidates embracing Obama’s failed agenda.”

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