Milwaukee remains campaign ad hot spot as Election Day nears

Both President Donald Trump and Democratic Nominee Joe Biden will campaign in Wisconsin on Friday, Oct. 30, as the rush to Election Day intensifies.

The president will be in Green Bay while Biden campaigns in Milwaukee. A new report ranks the two cities among the Top 10 nationwide for presidential ads run.

Milwaukee ranks sixth on the list of cities with the most presidential TV ads and Green Bay is ninth, according to the Wesleyan Media Project's analysis of ads running from Oct. 12-25.

The numbers say a lot about battleground Wisconsin, a state that was the 2016 tipping point, putting President Trump over the number of electoral votes needed to win the White House.

"It's all riding on Wisconsin," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said in August.

"We win Wisconsin, we win the whole ball game," said President Trump at a Janesville campaign rally on Oct. 17.

While President Trump's Friday visit is his third trip to Wisconsin this week, he's being outspent on TV. Biden's campaign is dominating the nation's television ad wars. In Milwaukee, it's 4-to-1 pro-Biden ads compared to pro-Trump ads.

In the midst of all those ads, Badger State voters are already having their say on 2020. Wisconsin clerks report 1.64 million absentee ballots are in -- by mail, drop-off or in-person.

None of the early votes, though, can be counted until 7 a.m. on Election Day.

"I'm very worried about there being irresponsible messaging about this on election night that leads voters astray and starts rumors," said Meagan Wolfe, administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

As the state, the country and the world wait for Wisconsin's final tally, Wolfe, the state's top election official, cautions that patience may be necessary.

"These are unofficial results, and this is what has to happen to certify the results, that happens on Dec. 1, so anything you hear before that certification is unofficial and subject to change," Wolfe said, "Because there’s those other checks that are required by statute before those results are certified."

Between now and Election Day, voters can expect some last-minute appeals from both nominees -- and many more ads. Five more days of those ads.

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