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Candidates Energize the Base for Wisconsin Primary
Gingrich on one side of town, Joe Biden on the Other
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is drawing on local connections as he campaigns in Wisconsin despite long odds of a victory on Tuesday.
The former House speaker addressed college students at Marquette University in Milwaukee on Thursday during the first of three days in Wisconsin. He stressed that his wife, Callista, is from the state and that the couple owns a tiny slice of the beloved Green Bay Packers, a franchise held by public stockholders.
But Gingrich lags in the polls, far behind Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.
The Gingrich event lacked any trappings of a campaign rally. Instead, he delivered a lecture on government innovation that he thinks would inspire an entrepreneurial renaissance.
Earlier in the day Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden spoke at lunchtime fundraiser.
The appearance at the Italian Conference Center in Milwaukee was organized by the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee authorized by Obama for America and the Democratic National Committee.
Tickets began at $250.
Biden's appearance comes just days before the April 3 Republican presidential primary