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McCain closing in on Badger state

Wisconsin's presidential race is tightening up.

Early polls gave Democrat Barack Obama a double-digit lead over Republican John McCain.

But more recent polls have reduced the margin.

Today (Thursday), the independent Atlanta firm of Strategic Vision gives Obama a five-point lead in the Badger State - 47-42 percent, with 11 percent undecided.

Eight hundred likely voters answered that poll last Friday-Sunday, with a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3 percent. Both candidates say Wisconsin will be extremely close once again.

Wednesday, their camps told Wisconsin reporters they'll use extensive networks of volunteers so they can reach voters on a more personal level than TV ads and candidate appearances can provide.

Obama has 450 organizing teams that will visit designated wards. They'll also tap into college campuses which rallied against the anti-gay-marriage amendment two years ago, and were credited for the defeat of veteran State Sen. Dave Zien of Eau Claire.

Meanwhile, McCain announced nine regional campaign chairs in Wisconsin with a chain of control that stretches down to ward volunteers.

That camp says it will use social networking tools to reach more people one-on-one.