With one week to go, campaigns make play for Wisconsin


NORTHEAST WISCONSIN (WBAY) – With one week to go before election day, the presidential campaigns are making another play for votes in the battleground state of Wisconsin.

Republican nominee Donald Trump will hold a rally in Eau Claire Tuesday night.

On the other side of the ticket, Democratic candidate for vice president Tim Kaine will campaign for Hillary Clinton in Appleton, encouraging people to vote early.

A RealClear Politics average of Wisconsin polling data shows Clinton with a 5.7 percentage point lead over Trump in the Badger State. Nationwide, an ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll shows Trump with a 46-45 percent lead over Clinton. The poll found enthusiasm for Clinton has dipped over the past weeks.

Trump’s deputy campaign manager said on Good Morning America that they are “going to pick off” Democratic-leaning swing states.

The constantly shifting narrative of scandal during this presidential election is back in the Clinton court, with the campaign playing defense over emails discovered on a laptop belonging to top aide Huma Abedin’s estranged husband, former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner. The emails were discovered by investigators looking into Weiner for allegations he “sexted” with a 15-year-old girl.

Last Friday, FBI director James Comey told Congress the agency was looking into the newly discovered emails to find out if they are relevant to the concluded investigation into Clinton’s use of a private server during her time as Secretary of State. Prosecutors declined to charge Clinton following the initial investigation.

It’s still not clear what is in these new emails. The FBI has begun reviewing them.

Trump has capitalized on the revelations. “How can Hillary manage this country when she can’t even manage her email,” Trump said Monday on the campaign trail.

Democrats have questioned Comey’s timing.

“That letter of the 28th violated two very clear law enforcement protocols, have been longstanding practice that have been formalized in recent years,” Kaine said. “And the protocols are these: One you don’t talk about an ongoing investigation and second you don’t release sensitive information right before an election.”

Meanwhile, the issue of Trump’s taxes has bubbled up again with a New York Times report that the businessman used  a “legally dubious” method to avoid paying taxes. The paper obtained documents from the 1990s that show Trump avoided reporting millions in canceled debt from investors–which the IRS views as taxable–by using a loophole that was later outlawed by Congress. Click here to view the full report by the New York Times.

Mr. Trump’s rally in Eau Claire will be held at W.L. Zorn Arena. Doors open at 4 p.m. for the 6 p.m. event. Click here to get tickets. Initially, the schedule had running mate Mike Pence appearing with Trump, but Pence is no longer listed as appearing in Eau Claire.

Sen. Kaine’s early voting event in Appleton will be held at Lawrence University’s Warch Campus Center. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. for the 2:15 p.m. event. Click here to RSVP.

Mayor Rudy Giuliani will appear for Trump at the Rock Garden Conference Center at 11 a.m. Tuesday. There was no public RSVP available.

On Wednesday, the Clinton campaign is sending two surrogates to Wisconsin.

Chelsea Clinton will encourage early voting during a stop in Oshkosh. She will visit UW-Oshkosh’s Reeve Union for a 4:15 p.m. event. Doors open at 3:15 p.m. Click here to RSVP.

Sen. Bernie Sanders will campaign for Clinton and U.S. Senate candidate Russ Feingold in Milwaukee. Click here to RSVP.