President Obama fires up Milwaukee crowd for Mary Burke

MILWAUKEE — With exactly one week until Election Day, President Barack Obama campaigned in Milwaukee with Mary Burke on Tuesday evening.

The president visited North Division High School, a school located in a predominantly African-American ward that gave him 99 percent of the vote in 2012. The crowd, estimated at 3,547 by the Milwaukee fire inspector, filled the school’s field house, occasionally erupting into cheers of “Mary!” and “Obama.”

“This is ground zero,” said Avis Wright, a Milwaukee resident, of the school and its surrounding community.

She and Teresa Brewer said Burke embraced the president’s support in the nick of time. Tuesday’s visit was Obama’s third trip to Wisconsin during the course of the gubernatorial race, but the first time the two appeared together in public. They spoke on the phone during his first visit and met privately when he returned.