As the April 3 presidential primary approaches, the Republican candidates are bringing their campaigns to Wisconsin, including U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, who will visit the UW-Madison campus Thursday.
Paul, currently lagging in the polls behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., will hold a town hall meeting on Thursday at the Stock Pavilion.
It will be the first visit to campus from any of the candidates.
“University of Wisconsin-Madison students are not beholden to the Democrat Party or President Obama,” Edward King, national youth director for the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign, said on Paul’s website. “Ron Paul attracts young people from all backgrounds, and he is the only Republican candidate who inspires voters within this and other key demographics.”
Which candidate Wisconsin chooses may play a pivotal role in the race. Romney currently holds a comfortable lead in delegates, but Santorum has gained some momentum following a big win in Louisiana Saturday. A win in Wisconsin for Santorum could prove decisive and reshape the race.
Paul, Romney, Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., all have events throughout Wisconsin planned over the next week leading up to the April 3 primary election.