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Kreitlow Says GOP's Rally in Hudson Proved St. Croix County is "In Play"

Democratic congressional candidate Pat Kreitlow says that recent visits from high-profile Republicans such as Paul Ryan, Rudy Giuliani, Scott Walker and Ron Johnson is a sign that the GOP is worried about carrying St. Croix County.

The morning after several high-profile Republicans, including Rudy Giuliani and Scott Walker, held a rally in downtown Hudson, Democratic U.S. congressional candidate Pat Kreitlow was in a good mood while greeting volunteers in his Hudson campaign office.

Saturday's rally came just days after vice presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan visited Hudson as local GOP volunteers coordinated a Sandy relief effort.

While the Republicans, including Kreitlow's opponent U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, were busy rallying around their big-named leaders, Democrats were busy calling, canvassing and executing their get-out-the-vote efforts, Kreitlow said.

"The GOP rally fired up everyone around here, because it means St. Croix County is in play," Kreitlow said at his Hudson campaign office on Sunday morning. "The Republican Party leaders normally don't have to think twice about St. Croix County. The fact that they have to expend resources to gin up enthusiasm in St. Croix County tells you how much more competitive St. Croix County has become. It has motivated a lot of people around here to keep at it for the final 72 hours of the campaign."

After spending Sunday morning in Hudson, Kreitlow hit the road for Rhinelander with multiple stops at campaign offices along the way. He plans to criss-cross back across the state to Ashland and Superior on Monday before voting in Chippewa Falls on Tuesday morning and attending his Election Night party in Wausau on Tuesday night.

The race between Kreitlow and Duffy for Wisconsin's Seventh Congressional District seat has even impacted the Twin Cities media market. The race has been rated "leans GOP" by RealClearPolitics.com, and it will be decided at the polls on Tuesday.

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Closing arguments: Each party's St. Croix County chairperson makes the case for his or her candidate. DUFFY VS. KREITLOW

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