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11:40 AM 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: Ballot Box, The PJ Tatler and CNN
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
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.
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Romney surrogates fan out across US
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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
Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
NBC PREPS HURRICANE SANDY FUNDRAISER STARRING OBAMA CELEBS  —  Get ready for the mainstream media's last big sucker punch before next Tuesday's presidential election.  Raising money for the victims of disaster by doing a benefit concert is nothing new.  But NBC is trotting out all of its favorite anti-Romney celebrities to do it.
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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.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Moderate Voice
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Gabriella Schwarz / CNN:
TRENDING: Axelrod: Obama closing argument ‘from his loins’
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 …
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.
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?
Nigel Jaquiss / Willamette Week:
Department of Justice Investigating Alleged Ballot Fraud At Clackamas County Elections  —  A Clackamas County elections worker is under criminal investigation for tampering with ballots, WW has learned.  —  The underlying allegation is that the woman, whose name has not been released …
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
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.
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Hurricane Sandy Threatens to Disrupt Voting on Election Day  —  Some New Jersey voters may find their hurricane-damaged polling sites replaced by military trucks, with — in the words of the state's lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno — “a well-situated national guardsman and a big sign saying …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Oceans of Red Ink  —  I feel a sort of kinship with Michael Ramirez: if I were a genius and could draw really, really, well, I would be just like him.  His latest will appear in newspapers tomorrow; it blends old themes (Obama's pretensions and the federal debt) with new ones :
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”
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Reid says he can't work with Romney  —  Five days before the election, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has ruled out trying to work with Mitt Romney should he win next week.  —  “Mitt Romney's fantasy that Senate Democrats will work with him to pass his ‘severely conservative’ agenda is laughable …
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Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: How Far Obama Has Fallen
Discussion: neo-neocon and Hot Air
New York Times:
Staten Island Was Tragic Epicenter of Storm's Casualties  —  The soggy marshes and still-damp ruins of homes on Staten Island yielded a grim postscript to the toll from Hurricane Sandy on Thursday, as search teams discovered more bodies where the storm's giant wall of water had smashed its way through.
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Support for Kill List and NDAA make Obama and Romney unfit for office
Washington Post:
Virginia voter fraud case expands to focus on GOP firm
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
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Kimball Political Consulting poll: Scott Brown 49, Elizabeth Warren 47
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