Tampa, Florida (CNN) – President Obama's re-election campaign continues to brush off polls showing the presidential race tightening in Wisconsin.
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That's a narrower margin than the roughly six-point lead Obama held throughout much of June and July – before Romney picked a Wisconsin native, Rep. Paul Ryan, as his running mate.
In an email, an Obama campaign official said the new poll numbers "could be a sugar high from the Ryan announcement" - and said Wisconsin has "gone Dem for years."
The poll showed that only a third of Wisconsinites support the Romney and Ryan proposals to restructure Medicare, the official pointed out.
The Obama campaign also has a bigger organization on the ground, including more field offices, the official said.
Still, Obama has not visited Wisconsin since February and has yet to run a television ad in the state.
On Thursday, the Wisconsin Republican Party launched a countdown ticker on its website "showcasing, down to the minute, the amount of time it has been since President Obama stepped foot in the important swing state of Wisconsin" - 189 days.
Since June, Democrats have urged the political world not to draw major conclusions from Republican Gov. Scott Walker's victory in the divisive recall election, saying the race turned on different issues than the ones at stake in November.
But Republicans used that election to identify and turn out millions of GOP voters, giving them confidence they have the tools in place to carry the state's 10 electoral votes for the first time since 1984.
"The Democrats called it a 'dry run for November' and Scott Walker won with a bigger margin in June than he did in 2010," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said of the recall Thursday in a speech to party officials in Tampa.