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6:30 PM ET, November 5, 2012

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Jonathan Martin / Politico:
The looming GOP civil war - whether Mitt wins or not  —  WEST CHESTER, Ohio - Mitt Romney's boisterous rally here Friday night featured both the promise of the Republican Party's future and a sharp reminder of why the GOP may lose its second consecutive presidential race on Tuesday.
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Johanna Persing / GOP.com:
For Democrats, It's (Ground) Game Over  —  MEMO  —  FROM: RNC Political Director Rick Wiley  —  TO: Interested Parties  —  RE: For Democrats, It's (Ground) Game Over  —  The Obama camp has been firing off a number of memos in desperate attempt to convince the media (and themselves) that they're not losing.
Gallup:
Romney 49%, Obama 48% in Gallup's Final Election Survey  —  Early voting so far breaks 49% for Obama and 48% for Romney  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are within one percentage point of each other in Gallup's final pre-election survey of likely voters …
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Gallup: Obama Notches Approval Rating Of 52 Percent In Final Pre-Election Poll  —  Fifty-two percent of American adults approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing in Gallup's tracking survey on Monday, the final such poll to be released before Election Day.The poll shows 45 percent disapprove of Obama's job performance.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ira Boudway / Business Week:
Breaking: Gallup to Show Romney, Obama in Dead Heat
Bret Baier / Fox News:
What President Obama really said in that ‘60 Minutes’ interview about Benghazi  —  ANALYSIS: Two days before the election, CBS posted additional portions of a Sept. 12 “60 Minutes” interview where President Obama seems to contradict himself on the Benghazi attack.
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HWinsum / CBS News:
Obama suspects Libya attack targeted Americans
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:   Republicans pounce on Obama, CBS News over unaired Libya remarks
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Nov. 4: Did Hurricane Sandy Blow Romney Off Course?  —  If President Obama wins re-election on Tuesday, the historical memory of the race might turn on the role played by Hurricane Sandy.  —  Already, some analysts are describing the storm as an “October surprise” that allowed Mr. Obama to regain …
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Politico:
If Obama loses...  A defeat for Barack Obama on Tuesday would be no ordinary loss for Democrats.  —  It would be a traumatic experience: the death of the dream of liberal realignment embodied in Obama's insurgent 2008 campaign.  And it would be all the more distressing to Democrats …
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Toby Harnden / Daily Mail:
Exclusive: Romney up ONE POINT in Ohio and TIED in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, according to his campaign's internal polling  — If the figures hold true Romney will almost certainly become the 45th President of the United States  —  Mitt Romney is ahead by a single percentage point in Ohio …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Sandy Versus Katrina  —  As Sandy barreled toward New Jersey, there were hopeful mutters on the right to the effect that it might become President Obama's Katrina, with voters blaming him for the damage, and that this might matter on Tuesday.  Sorry, guys: polls show overwhelming approval …
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Peggy Noonan's Blog:
Monday Morning  —  We begin with the three words everyone writing about the election must say: Nobody knows anything.  Everyone's guessing.  I spent Sunday morning in Washington with journalists and political hands, one of whom said she feels it's Obama, the rest of whom said they don't know.
Rush Limbaugh:
Everything — Except the Polls — Points to a Romney Landslide  —  RUSH: Well, the Drive-Bys are all excited because Romney has announced he's going back to Ohio tomorrow.  On Election Day, Romney is going to Ohio, and the Drive-Bys are trying to interpret that as meaning it's slipping away.
Elizabeth Titus / Politico:
Gary Johnson: Obama will win  —  Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson said Monday he thinks President Barack Obama will defeat Mitt Romney to win a second term.  —  “I think Obama's going to win, that's what I think,” Johnson told POLITICO in an interview.
The Fix:
WaPo-ABC tracking poll: final weekend tally is Obama 50, Romney 47, still a ‘margin of error’ contest  —  A nail-biter throughout, the presidential contest remains closely competitive through its last days, even as most voters perceive a likely win for the president.
Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
Day before Election Day FL outlook: 4.5m have voted, Ds lead Rs by 167,000 ballots  —  More than 4.5 million Florida votes are already in before Election Day and Democrats used the last full official day of in-person early voting to extend their lead over Republican ballots cast by 167,000, according to this morning's figures.
Discussion: emptywheel and Election 2012
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Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Axelrod: Dick Morris Is “Delusional”  —  The Democrat-turned-Fox News figure is predicting a Romney landslide and is claiming Obama's top strategist used work for him.  —  Morris addresses the Faith and Freedom Coalition in June in Washington, DC.  —  Image by Win McNamee / Getty Images
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
BuzzFeed:
What Your Books And Websites Say About Your Politics  —  Conservative readers love Drudge and Ayn Rand; liberals like the Times and Noam Chomsky; and there's not much in the middle.  The last infographic from Engage .  —  Via: engagedc.com  —  Via: engagedc.com
Discussion: The Greenroom and Roger Ailes
Josh Glasstetter / Right Wing Watch:
'I don't want everybody to vote'  —  The lower the turnout tomorrow, the better Mitt Romney will do.  It's always been this way for Republicans.  Anyone who doubts that needs to watch the video below.  —  The media frequently reports on right-wing and GOP voter suppression efforts …
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
No One in America Should Have to Wait 7 Hours to Vote  —  What's happening at polling stations in Ohio and Florida isn't some fluke of nature or breakdown in equipment.  It's all part of a partisan design.  —  A line of early voters snakes around a parking lot at a voting location in Columbus, Ohio.
Latino Decisions:
Final impreMedia-LD tracking poll: if Latino vote is high, Obama will carry 4 key swing states  —  High Latino voter turnout could deliver swing states of Nevada, Colorado, Virginia, and Florida to the Democrats  —  impreMedia & Latino Decisions today released the last in a series …
Walter Kirn / The New Republic:
Buckeye Hate  —  Obama and Romney are Telling Ohioans that They're the Greatest.  This Ohio Native Disagrees.  —  In my new, more realistic understanding of American democracy, gained just this year from a thousand expert sources, the role of all but a portion of the electorate is to show …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
McCain Strategist Admits Voter Fraud 'Doesn't Really Exist'  —  Steve Schmidt, a former senior strategist to Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) 2008 presidential campaign, admitted that widespread voter fraud doesn't exist in the United States and claimed that the GOP-backed voter ID laws are based on “mythology.”
Sheldon G. Adelson / Wall Street Journal:
I Didn't Leave the Democrats.  They Left Me  —  There is an anti-Israel movement among the rank and file, and the party no longer appears to value self-reliance, charity and accountability.  —  When members of the Democratic Party booed the inclusion of God and Jerusalem in their party platform this year, I thought of my parents.
Discussion: CNN
Jamie McGonnigal / The Huffington Post:
Obama Responds to 10-Year-Old's Heartfelt Letter About Her Dads … Barack Obama , LGBT , Civil Rights , Elections 2012 , Gay Marriage , Barack Obama , Obama Gay Marriage , Obama Same-Sex Marriage , Sophia Bailey Klugh , Sophia Bailey Klugh Obama , Sophia Bailey Klugh Obama Letter …
Discussion: AMERICAblog, The Raw Story and Advocate
 
 
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Thomas B. Edsall / Campaign Stops:
What We Already Know  —  There are a number of conclusions …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Vox Popoli
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Secret money funds GOP door-knockers
Discussion: Reuters
Manny Fernandez / The Caucus:
Shutting the Gates Over Fears of Election Unrest
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Rush Limbaugh:
See, I Told You So: Obama Wants Revenge
Discussion: Politico
First Read:
First Thoughts: All comes down to turnout and racial composition
Byron Tau / Politico:
Trumka: Card check will happen in second Obama term
Andrew Cain / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Wilder chooses not to endorse for president
 Earlier Items: 
Brie Zeltner / Plain Dealer:
Huge turnout, long lines for early voting in Ohio
Byron Tau / Politico:
Voting-related giveaways clash with federal law
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
BBC:
Acid attack girl ‘looked at boy’
Politico:
The new ‘no comment’: F— off
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Why the Romney Campaign Screwed Up
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
This Could Get Weird  —  Listening to a story from a friend this evening.