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Obama, McCain on the move in Wisconsin

The presidential election is almost five months away, and Wisconsin is already heating up as a battleground state.

On Thursday, Democrat Barack Obama will hold a town hall-style meeting in Kaukauna, with the economy as the subject.

His campaign says Obama will promote things like changing the tax code to help the middle class, making health care more affordable and easier to get, and helping homeowners with tax breaks.

Obama has had a Wisconsin organization and campaign offices since the February primary.

Republican John McCain is just starting to catch up. His first paid staff member in the Badger State, Mike Duffey, went to work Monday.

The campaign promises to have offices running within two weeks in Madison, Milwaukee, Waukesha, La Crosse and Appleton.

Regional campaign director Jennifer Hollowell says McCain has been planning its Wisconsin operation for months.

But state Republicans weren't so sure.

At the party's recent state convention in Stevens Point, GOP leaders cornered the McCain staffers who were there and asked why they weren't up and running by now.