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2:35 PM ET, November 3, 2012


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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 …
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.
Jeremy Herb / Ballot Box:
Obama assails Romney on Jeep ads in Ohio  —  President Obama kicked off the final weekend of his reelection campaign at a rally in Ohio, where he continued to slam Mitt Romney for claiming Jeep was sending jobs to China.  —  At the first of his four campaign rallies Saturday …
Discussion: CNN
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Holds Lead in Florida and Ohio Polls
Discussion: Politico
Romney holds all-star Ohio rally
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Romney returns to NH, promising bipartisanship
Discussion: Politico
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Romney surrogates fan out across US
Discussion: The Hill, ABCNEWS, The PJ Tatler and ABCNEWS
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 …
Rudy Giuliani Calls on Obama to Resign  —  Says he should quit over Libya, economy, and that McCain would have helped prevent the Benghazi attacks.  —  Zeke Miller  —  an hour ago  —  20 responses
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.
Gabriella Schwarz / CNN:
TRENDING: Axelrod: Obama closing argument ‘from his loins’
Prairie Weather:
Maybe it's the media we really need to put to a vote  —  The Washington Post — given the role it could play in the media — is a really unforgivably lousy rag with, admittedly, some good people writing for it.  Why the paper is so bad is beyond this reader.
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's campaign insults voters
Discussion: Politico
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
Alex Leary / Tampa Bay Times:
Times/Bay News 9/Herald Florida Poll: Mitt Romney 51, Barack Obama 45
Discussion: Guardian, Business Insider and Hot Air
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.
Noel Sheppard / 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 …
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: CNN and Politico
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)
Kevin J. Jones / CNA Daily News:
Obama campaign sought Denver rally at Catholic university  —  Denver, Colo., Nov 1, 2012 / 04:03 am (CNA).- The Obama campaign attempted to schedule a rally-like event on a Catholic university campus in the key swing state of Colorado before settling on a dialogue with a co-chair of Catholics for Obama.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Frum: The GOP Will Destroy America If We Reelect Obama, So We Must Let the GOP Win  —  David Frum has a very odd endorsement of Mitt Romney today.  The endorsement itself isn't odd: Romney's a conservative and Frum's a conservative, so you'd pretty much expect Frum to support him.
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Journalists open wallets for Obama and Romney
Jay Cost / TwitLonger:
TwitLonger  —  The low-down on the Keystone State:
Washington Times:
Support for Kill List and NDAA make Obama and Romney unfit for office
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Fox attacks Bruce Springsteen for hosting charity concert
Discussion: Wonkette and The Mahablog
New York Times:
Staten Island Was Tragic Epicenter of Storm's Casualties
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Oceans of Red Ink
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Hurricane Sandy Threatens to Disrupt Voting on Election Day
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Nigel Jaquiss / Willamette Week:
Department of Justice Investigating Alleged Ballot Fraud At Clackamas County Elections
The Fix:
WaPo-ABC tracking poll: Most see U.S. on ‘wrong track’. So can Obama win?
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
House Republicans may actually add to their majority on Election Day
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Power Line
PR Newswire:
Kimball Political Consulting poll: Scott Brown 49, Elizabeth Warren 47
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Going out on a limb: Romney beats Obama, handily