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Obama's visit to impact governor's race

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama's Labor Day visit to Milwaukee is said to be a White House event, not a campaign rally, but it's still expected to impact Wisconsin's race for governor.

The president will speak at Laborfest in Milwaukee on Monday. Marquette poll director Charles Franklin says it will be to a crowd of people Democratic candidate Mary Burke will be counting on.

"The troops on the ground, the people willing to spend their Saturdays making phone calls and knocking on doors is a big element that labor unions, the labor movement traditionally has supplied in election campaigns," Franklin says.

Burke won't take the stage with the president, but she will meet with him privately.

A Gov. Walker campaign spokeswoman says Burke is running away from Obama.

A spokesman for the Burke campaign says she has invited the president for a campaign event.

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