Unable to avoid the pandemonium surrounding Gov. Scott Walker (R) and his union crackdown in Wisconsin, GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney has chosen to make the embattled governor’s fight his own.

Embracing Walker offers major short-term advantages for Romney in Wisconsin, which holds its primary contest Tuesday, as the GOP front-runner looks for the last few wins he needs to lock up the nomination. But it might also risk alienating voters in union-heavy swing states such as Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania — at just the time when Romney and his campaign hope to turn their attention to the general election.