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Romney still leads Santorum in Wisconsin, but he’s not taking edge for granted

Holly Bailey
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Romney addressing voters in Appleton, Wisconsin (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

PEWAUKEE, Wis.—Mitt Romney appears to be expanding his lead over Rick Santorum in Wisconsin just four days before the state's Republican presidential primary.

A new Rasmussen Reports poll found Romney leading Santorum by 10 points among likely Republican voters in the state, 44 percent to 34 percent. That's a slightly larger lead than in other polls in recent days, including a NBC/Marist Poll released Friday that found Romney with a 7 point advantage over the former Pennsylvania senator.

But Romney is giving no signs of taking his comfortable lead here for granted. The former Massachusetts governor will make four campaign appearances across the state on Saturday—a fairly grueling schedule compared to recent weekends. And aides say he'll campaign here through Election Day on Tuesday in hopes that Wisconsin will seal his fate as the party's eventual nominee.

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But his first stop Saturday is in tricky territory. He's set to address a gathering of Wisconsin faith voters sponsored by the conservative Faith & Freedom Coalition. It's an audience that has been openly skeptical of his conservative credentials, given his past pro-life positions and his Mormon faith.

Later Saturday, Romney will campaign with Rep. Paul Ryan, who endorsed his 2012 bid on Friday, and he'll phone bank on behalf of embattled Gov. Scott Walker, who is facing a recall effort here.

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