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Candidates Blitz Swing States

Obama hangs on to his lead in swing states, especially Ohio, as Romney aides unload on Chris Christie. Howard Kurtz on the frenetic final weekend.
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One month after some commentators concluded he had forfeited the presidency with a sleepwalking debate performance, Barack Obama is ahead in nearly all swing states as the campaign careens through its final weekend.A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll has the president leading 51 to 45 percent in Ohio, leaving Mitt Romney facing the prospect of trying to assemble an electoral majority without a state that has always been crucial for Republicans.

The Coming GOP Freak Out

If Romney loses on Tuesday, watch for the right’s outrage machine to kick into high gear.
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What's the state of mind this weekend of the conservative outrage machine? With regard to liberals, I think it's fair to say as of Saturday that most of us (excepting your allowed-for percentage of nervous nellies) expect Barack Obama to win.

The ‘Marriage Gap’ Wild Card

Obama’s female supporters tend to be young and single—a tough demographic to get to the polls. Eleanor Clift on whether his advantage with women will translate into votes.
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The gender gap is a familiar feature of American politics and one of the reasons why President Obama remains competitive for reelection despite the weak economy. But there's another factor at work: it’s called “the marriage gap,” and it helps explain the tightening of the polls after the first presidential debate when a Gallup survey found that Romney had erased the gender gap, pulling within one point nationally of Obama among likely women voters.

The Empty Quarter Turns Its Back On Obama

Joel Kotkin on how Democrats abandoned the Plains and their 50 electoral votes—more than Florida, North Carolina and New Hampshire combined.
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Along Phillips Avenue, the main street of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the local theater’s marquee is a tribute to the late Senator and 1972 presidential candidate George McGovern, who was buried last month, and is still regarded as a hero by many here.

Mitt Plays the Numbers

In Iowa, New Hampshire, and Colorado, the GOP candidate rallied his faithful as aides dismissed Obama’s polls. With hours left, can he make voters believe the math is on his side?
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Everywhere Mitt Romney went on the final weekend of his presidential campaign, he was greeted by cheers of “Three More Days! Three More Days!”It was both a rallying cry and a reminder—that a presidential campaign that began soon after the last one ended was at last coming to its conclusion.

1.6M in Ohio Vote Early

At polls and with absentee ballots.
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The residents of what is likely to be the presidential election’s most critical swing state are already casting their votes. With a few days to go, 1.6 million people in the state have already voted for president. About a million of the votes cast have been absentee ballots, which are now at an 85 percent return rate for those mailed out.

Million Puppet March Held

To support funding for PBS.

We haven't seen the last of Big Bird--or his Muppet friends. Around a thousand protesters turned out for the Million Puppet March on Capitol Hill on Saturday to demonstrate against Mitt Romney's promise to cut funding to Public Broadcasting Services.

Obama Visits FEMA Headquarters

Says hurricane relief is his top priority.

President Obama made a visit to FEMA’s headquarters Saturday to detail the lengths the government will take to ensure disaster aid is swift and efficient, and he insisted hurricane relief is his most important priority, despite being days away from Election Day.

Vote The Bums Out

These days, everybody hates Congress. John Avlon lists the eight U.S. Reps who simply must go on Tuesday.
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This divided and dysfunctional Congress has earned its record low-approval rating. Luckily we have the remedy in our hands on Election Day: vote the bums out. Here is my brief list of the eight worst congresspeople in 2012 from both parties and the reasons they deserve to get the boot on Tuesday.

Outside Political Groups Spend $500M

In October.
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Those nonstop ads in Ohio come at a cost. According to a new analysis of campaign-spending disclosures by non-affiliated organizations, outside groups spent over $500 million in October alone. The top three spenders—American Crossroads, Crossroads GPS, and Restore Our Future—spent $173 million alone.

Majority: 'Wrong Track' for Nation

55 percent of respondents, same number as in 2004.
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Poll results released Friday show that 55 percent of respondents feel that the United States is on the "wrong track", with just 43 percent saying they are comfortable with the country's trajectory. But don't worry, Obama supporters: an incumbent has survived almost identical poll results before.

Are Things Breaking Obama’s Way?

From swing-state polls to an eleventh-hour endorsement, the president appears to have a slight edge. But Howard Kurtz says Mitt Romney isn’t toast yet.
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Maybe it’s the better-than-expected jobs report. Maybe it’s Mike Bloomberg coming down from his royal throne to endorse Barack Obama. Maybe it’s the hurricane cleanup or the candidates racing to last-minute rallies in Ohio and Wisconsin.

Romney’s Delusions of Victory

Sorry Mitt, the electoral map shows it’s all over but the shouting. Ex-Bush aide Matt Latimer on what the GOP needs to do to rebuild.
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Years ago I worked on a political campaign in Michigan. We were losing, badly, but our campaign manager didn’t believe it. To him, every devastating setback was a secret boost to our efforts, every sign of failure proof of our imminent victory, every poll that hurt us was rigged in favor of the other side.

Scramble at the Polls

In areas ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, voters will still need to choose a president Nov. 6. Ben Jacobs reports on what state officials in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut are doing to ensure turnout—and how the races will be affected.
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Unlike baseball, there can be no rain delay for Election Day. So while Hurricane Sandy left a trail of devastation, flooding, and power outages in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, residents will still have to vote for president on Tuesday.

Both Candidates Let Veterans Down

A voter guide for the 2.5 million post-9/11 military veterans, from Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

Eleven years ago in October, American military forces launched a war in Afghanistan that’s still raging today. One would think that the war and the postwar care for the veterans that fought in Afghanistan and Iraq would be a crucial part of the 2012 presidential campaign, but that hasn’t been the case.

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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