It isn’t necessarily this way everywhere. We are in the final stage of some very close political races in Wisconsin. The candidates have been rolling through La Crosse one by one, day by day. Millions of dollars are getting pumped into just a few races in hopes of influencing the outcome. That is why we are hearing ad after ad telling us how bad the other guy is. That is because the races we are voting on are so close, and so important. Take the U.S. Senate race between Ron Johnson and Mandela Barnes. The outcome could determine the balance of power in the U.S. Senate. The latest Marquette Law School poll found Johnson ahead by just two points, within the margin of error. The race for Governor is even closer according to the same poll. Tony Evers and Tim Michels are essentially tied with the election just days away. And one of the most competitive races in the Wisconsin Assembly is predicted to be for the 94th District where again the polls show the race to be close. It seems to those of us living here, the rest of the state and country must be seeing the same thing. Not so much. The races are closer here and more money is being spent here. It seems Wisconsin, one of the purpliest of states, and particularly southwest Wisconsin, are ground zero this election season.