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Gallup Sees Romney in the Lead

Other polls show Obama winning swing states.
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Mitt Romney a huge six-point lead over President Obama, according to Gallup's latest national tracking poll out Friday, a trend that first began after the first presidential debate. But there's a twist: According to Marist poll also out today, Obama's still leading in Ohio and Wisconsin—two key swing states that could provide the presidential with the firewall he needs to win the Electoral College.

Obama Diagnoses Mitt with 'Romnesia'

Coins the term at a campaign event.
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Wonder how long it took Obama to come up with this one. The president made a funny Friday at a Virginia campaign event. He's concerned that his Republican opponent's inability to remember things like facts correctly might be the symptoms of a serious condition.

Walsh: Abortions Never Save the Mother

Illinois Republican argues against exceptions.

Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh went head to head with Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth over Medicare and abortion during a local half-hour news program Thursday night. In addition to promising to end Medicare "as we know it" if it remains unchanged, Walsh revealed just how anti-abortion he really is, claiming that exemptions to abortion laws in cases where a mother's life in danger are obsolete.

Ground Game: Advantage Obama?

In swing states, the Obama camp has opened twice as many offices, but the RNC might help Romney compete on Election Day, report John Avlon and Michael Keller.
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Beyond the presidential debates, one final factor matters more than all the rest in a close race: ground game. It’s the ability to get your voters to the polls—a way of moving soft support into actual votes. Field operatives have been undervalued in recent years, as the focus of campaigns has shifted to big-money ad-bombs, compounded by the super-PAC economy.

Obama Opens Up Big Lead

As of mid-October, the Obama campaign has 755 offices nationwide for its get-out-the-vote effort—nearly three times as many as the Romney campaign. PLUS: John Avlon and Michael Keller break down what the office edge could mean on election day.
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As of mid-October, the Obama campaign has 755 offices nationwide for its get-out-the-vote effort—nearly three times as many as the Romney campaign. PLUS: John Avlon and Michael Keller break down what the office edge could mean on election day.

Obama’s Sober Night of Comedy

From a friendly but somber ‘Daily Show’ appearance to a hilarious (if pre-approved) performance at the Al Smith dinner, the candidate in chief kept his laughs under control.
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It was, for President Obama, a night of pre-arranged comedy, though whether he was laughing all the way to a second term is another question entirely.Prime-time cable television viewers saw him kill on C-SPAN Thursday night (a live standup routine, in white tie and tails, opposite rival comic Mitt Romney during the Al Smith Memorial Dinner at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria) and then, shortly after 11 p.

How Mitt Once Won Women Voters

Take note, Team Obama. In 2002 the future governor managed to win over a sizable percentage of women voters with a last-minute effort to blunt his female opponent’s appeal.
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When Mitt Romney said he ordered up “binders full of women” to diversify his cabinet, he was making a last-minute effort to reverse a political fact of life: if he continues to perform as badly with female voters as polls show he has been, he will lose the election.

Obama, Romney Joke at Smith Dinner

Both kid about Romney’s millions.
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It was no debate. At a traditional campaign stop charity dinner in New York Thursday night, Mitt Romney and the president exchanged humorous jabs. “It’s nice to finally relax and wear what Ann and I wear around the house,” a tuxedo-clad Romney joked to the crowd at the Alfred E.

Romney Up 7 Points Nationally

Gallup poll shows lead of 52% to 45%.
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Mitt Romney extended his lead in Gallup’s Daily Tracking poll on Thursday. The former Massachusetts governor is up by 7 points, leading the president 52 percent to 45 percent among likely voters. Four days ago, Romney had just a 2-point lead.

The Romney Binder Bump

The debate meme that keeps on giving has now taken over, crowding binder review threads with political snark—but manufacturers aren’t quite sure what to make of all the hubbub. Matthew DeLuca asks suppliers if they’ll take advantage of the viral attention.
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Reporters and voters alike can parse the details (or lack thereof) in Mitt Romney’s plans for coal, manufacturing, or housing. But there’s one industry he has already, albeit inadvertently, thrust into the national spotlight: the makers of binders and Trapper Keepers.

Ann Romney: If Mitt Loses, We’re Done

Won’t put her family through another campaign.
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These presidential campaigns have been fun and all, but if Romney loses in November, he’s done, says his wife. Ann told the hosts of The View Thursday morning that entering this year’s campaign after losing the 2008 GOP primary was “a very hard thing” on the Romney family, and while she believes Mitt can save the U.

Obama Girls’ School Evacuated

Unclear if threat was directed toward First Daughters.
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Sidwell Friends, the Washington, D.C.– area private school that Malia and Sasha Obama attend, was evacuated Thursday morning due to a phoned-in threat. It is still unclear whether the threat had any connection to the First Daughters.

Tagg Romney Wanted to Punch Obama

Was upset during the debate.
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A note to Americans from Tagg Romney: you can’t punch the president because the Secret Service will get you. Mitt’s eldest son said on a radio interview in North Carolina on Wednesday that he didn’t like the way President Obama called his dad a “liar” at the town-hall debate.

Campaign Likes Mitt Aggressive

Wants him to bring it on in third debate.
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Don’t stop Mitt now, he’s having such a good time. The Romney camp has no plans to reel back in Mitt for the third debate after an aggressive performance at Tuesday’s town hall. Despite challenging President Obama repeatedly (and not so successfully on Libya), and a testy rapport with moderator Candy Crowley, Romney’s clan says he won the debate for his sound economic talking points.

Abortion Pivot? No Problem!

The right is likely to cut him some slack on his abortion and birth control shift because he needs to close the gender gap to win—and because that win could easily mean the end of Roe v. Wade, says Michelle Goldberg.
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This week’s Gallup/USA Today poll looks like very bad news both for President Obama and the religious right.Its most widely reported findings showed Mitt Romney erasing Obama’s once-formidable lead with female voters in swing states, one crucial to the president’s reelection hopes.

Stewart: Florida Does It Again!

On 'The Daily Show's first post-election episode, Jon Stewart questioned the Sunshine State's relevance. Sorry, Florida, we elected a president without you.

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