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U.S. Senate race has narrowed, according to polls

An independent poll confirms that Democrat Tammy Baldwin has caught up with Republican Tommy Thompson in the race for Wisconsin's open U.S. Senate seat.

The two are tied at 47 percent in the poll released Wednesday morning by Quinnipiac University, CBS News and the New York Times. Quinnipiac's polling director, Peter Brown, says the race to replace the retiring Sen. Herb Kohl appears to be a dead heat, with Baldwin pulling into a deadlock.

Democrats trotted out two of their own polls this week which said the same thing. The Marquette Law School is due out with its latest poll later Wednesday.

Thompson said he spent a lot of time raising money since his GOP primary victory last month, while Baldwin and her supporters advertised heavily. She didn't have any competition in receiving her party's nomination.

In the Quinnipiac poll, almost 1,500 Wisconsin voters were interviewed between Tuesday of last week and Monday of this week. They also gave Republican Gov. Scott Walker a positive rating of his job performance, 52 to 44 percent.

Recent reports indicated that some of Walker's supporters also favor Democratic President Barack Obama. The Quinnipiac poll seemed to bear that out.

Obama now leads in the Badger State by six points, 51 to 45 percent with an error margin of 2.5 percent.