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12:25 PM ET, November 3, 2012

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Politico:
Exclusive: Christie was Mitt's first choice for VP  —  One of the most tantalizing subplots of the 2012 campaign has been the curious and sometimes controversial performances of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.  Now, campaign insiders tell POLITICO that Christie was Mitt Romney's first choice …
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Politico:
Romney holds all-star Ohio rally  —  WEST CHESTER, Ohio — Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan fired up the Republican base here Friday night with the biggest rally yet of their campaign as they headed into the final weekend before Election Day.  —  On a frigid fall night — you could see your breath in the air …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and CNN
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Romney returns to NH, promising bipartisanship  —  GOP nominee Mitt Romney began his final weekend campaign blitz in New Hampshire Saturday morning, promising a better — and more bipartisan — tomorrow if he's elected on Tuesday.  —  Romney hit many of the themes from his “closing argument” …
Discussion: Politico
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Romney surrogates fan out across US
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Mark Murray / First Read:
Polls: Obama stays ahead in Ohio, deadlocked with Romney in Fla.  —  Three days until Election Day, President Barack Obama maintains his lead in the key battleground state of Ohio and is locked in a close contest with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in Florida, according to new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls.
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Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Holds Lead in Florida and Ohio Polls  —  President Barack Obama holds an edge over Mitt Romney in Florida and Ohio, the two largest battlegrounds in determining who will win the White House on Tuesday, new polls show.  —  The Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist Poll surveys …
Discussion: Politico
Politico:
Journalists open wallets for Obama and Romney
Discussion: yourobserver.com
Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
Miami Herald FL Poll: Romney 51%-Obama 45%  —  Mitt Romney has maintained a solid lead over President Barack Obama in the latest Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald poll of likely voters who favor the Republican by six percentage points.  —  Romney's strengths: independent voters and more crossover support …
Discussion: Battleground Watch
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Alex Leary / Tampa Bay Times:
Times/Bay News 9/Herald Florida Poll: Mitt Romney 51, Barack Obama 45
Discussion: Hot Air
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Bill Maher Warns Romney Supporters: ‘Black People Know Who You Are and They Will Come After You’  —  Bill Maher on HBO's Real Time Friday might have said one of the most disgraceful things uttered during the 2012 campaign season.  —  “If you're thinking about voting for Mitt Romney …
Roger Simon / Politico:
‘Swift-Boating’ of Obama fails  —  Obama should have been destroyed by now.  That was the plan.  —  He was going to be “Swift Boated” in this election, just like John Kerry was in 2004.  —  It would be about Benghazi, where on Sept. 11 of this year, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed.
Washington Post:
Virginia voter fraud case expands to focus on GOP firm  —  The investigation into the arrest of a man on charges of dumping voter registration forms last month in Harrisonburg, Va., has widened, with state officials probing whether a company tied to top Republican leaders had engaged …
Jeremy Herb / Ballot Box:
Obama: Millions ‘still picking up the pieces’  —  In his last weekend address before Election Day, President Obama opted not to mention the campaign, instead talking about the recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy.  —  “This weekend, millions of our fellow Americans are still picking …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:   NBC PREPS HURRICANE SANDY FUNDRAISER STARRING OBAMA CELEBS
Ashley Killough / CNN:
In fiery speech, Giuliani calls on Obama to resign, faults him for Libya  —  (CNN) - Not long after taking a few seconds of silence for those affected by Superstorm Sandy, Rudy Giuliani began ripping into President Barack Obama on Friday while speaking at major campaign event for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in Ohio.
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Gabriella Schwarz / CNN:
TRENDING: Axelrod: Obama closing argument ‘from his loins’
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's campaign insults voters  —  THROUGH ALL THE flip-flops, there has been one consistency in the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney: a contempt for the electorate.  —  How else to explain his refusal to disclose essential information?
Jay Cost / TwitLonger:
TwitLonger  —  The low-down on the Keystone State:  —  Broad context: PA outside of Philly County has been trending red for 20 years.  It has so far been checked by Dem turnout in Philly County, but Philly County's population has been flat.  So turnout increases in the county are from turnout machines/enthusiasm alone.
The Fix:
Hurricane Sandy helped Obama politically, Karl Rove says  —  Hurricane Sandy's impact on the East Coast this week gave President Obama a political advantage during the final week of the campaign, Republican strategist Karl Rove said in an interview on Friday.  —  (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Discussion: Politico and Balloon Juice
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Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Fox attacks Bruce Springsteen for hosting charity concert  —  Fox and Friends think the Boss' hurricane relief benefit is actually secret Obama propaganda  —  In case you somehow don't know by now, Bruce Springsteen loves his native New Jersey, and pretty much everyone in New Jersey loves him.
Discussion: Wonkette and The Mahablog
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Nov. 2: For Romney to Win, State Polls Must Be Statistically Biased  —  President Obama is now better than a 4-in-5 favorite to win the Electoral College, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast.  His chances of winning it increased to 83.7 percent on Friday, his highest figure since …
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Going out on a limb: Romney beats Obama, handily … Fundamentals usually prevail in American elections.  That's bad news for Barack Obama.  True, Americans want to think well of their presidents and many think it would be bad if Americans were perceived as rejecting the first black president.
John Nolte / BREITBART.COM:
OBAMA: VOTING ‘BEST REVENGE’ AGAINST ROMNEY  —  As is often the case when he goes off-teleprompter, at a campaign stop in Ohio today, Obama revealed a side of himself we haven't seen since Hurricane Sandy gave him the opportunity to play The American President for a few days.
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:   From “Hope and Change” to “Revenge”
 
 
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Support for Kill List and NDAA make Obama and Romney unfit for office
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Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Hurricane Sandy Threatens to Disrupt Voting on Election Day
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Nigel Jaquiss / Willamette Week:
Department of Justice Investigating Alleged Ballot Fraud At Clackamas County Elections
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The Fix:
WaPo-ABC tracking poll: Most see U.S. on ‘wrong track’. So can Obama win?
John Ingold / Denver Post:
Poll: Obama, Romney still essentially tied in Colorado
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
House Republicans may actually add to their majority on Election Day
PR Newswire:
Kimball Political Consulting poll: Scott Brown 49, Elizabeth Warren 47
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Obama brings back tea party rhetoric
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Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: How Far Obama Has Fallen
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