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12:45 PM ET, November 4, 2012


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Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Ohio's Provisional Ballot Order: The Biggest Legal Story of the Weekend  —  A late voting directive from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted begets an “emergency motion” about how to count provisional ballots.  —  Associated Press  —  With just a few dozen hours left before polls open on Election Day …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Last-Minute Ohio Directive Could Trash Legal Votes And Swing The Election  —  A last-minute directive issued by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) could invalidate legal provisional ballots.  Ohio is widely viewed as the most critical state for both presidential campaigns and …
Washington Post:   Ohioans line up for early voting in the battleground state
Lee Enterprises /
Our pick: Mitt Romney  —  • Wisconsin State Journal editorial  —  Not enough hope and too little change.  —  That is President Barack Obama's record on the economy, debt and Washington gridlock after four years in the White House.  —  The State Journal editorial board endorses Mitt Romney in Tuesday's presidential election.
NY Daily News:
Our choice for America's future: The Daily News endorses Mitt Romney for president  —  Four years after endorsing Obama, News finds the hopes of those days went unfulfilled  —  Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney holds a rally with his wife Ann at Colorado Springs municipal airport …
Discussion: Guardian and The PJ Tatler
Elect Mitt Romney president of the United States  —  Had Barack Obama done the job of president with the same passion and vision he displayed in seeking it, he would likely deserve another term.  He did not.  —  Against this we must weigh Mitt Romney, an imperfect candidate but one who has a special track record too.
Detroit's Fox 2:
Dead heat for Romney and Obama in latest Michigan poll  —  WJBK Fox 2 -  —  Who are you most likely to vote for in the Presidential election - Democratic President Barack Obama, or Republican Nominee, Governor Mitt Romney, another candidate, or are you undecided?
Mark Murray / First Read:
Final national NBC/WSJ poll: Obama 48%, Romney 47%  —  With just two days until Election Day, President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney are running neck and neck nationally, according to the final national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll before the election.
Discussion: Ballot Box and CNN
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and Romney Deadlocked, Poll Shows
Discussion: Business Insider
Darrel Rowland / The Columbus Dispatch:
Dispatch Poll: Ohio's a toss-up  —  Obama has edge, but high GOP turnout could turn Ohio to Romney  —  Early voting in Franklin County  —  The “Ohio firewall” precariously stands for President Barack Obama, but a strong Republican turnout could enable Mitt Romney to tear it down on Election Day.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin  —  PPP's final polls of the 2012 election cycle in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin find Barack Obama favored to win both states, although by margins a good deal closer than he won them by in 2008.  In Pennsylvania Obama leads 52-46, while in Wisconsin his advantage is 51-48.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and JSOnline
Dustin Hawkins / BREITBART.COM:
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up 8 in Minnesota, amendments may be going down
Shane Goldmacher /
Bloomberg Aims to Be Gun-Control Counterweight to NRA  —  The New York mayor takes on the National Rifle Association in what an aide suggests is a curtain-raiser for elections to come.  —  As independent Michael Bloomberg nears his final year as New York  —  City mayor, the billionaire …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Zogby: Sandy Helping Obama With Independents  —  More ways to share...  Mixx  —  Stumbled  —  LinkedIn  —  Vine  —  Buzzflash  —  Newstrust  —  Technocrati  —  Forward Article  —  Despite President Barack Obama turning the tide with a five-point swing among Independents …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads 50-47 nationally
Discussion: Politico
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Ohio Sen. Portman says Ohio likely to prove decisive  —  Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said his home state is likely to prove decisive for the presidential election Sunday morning.  —  When asked by CNN's Candy Crowley if he thought there was a way Romney could win without carrying the state, he smiled.
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Jeremy Herb / Ballot Box:
Axelrod: Romney's effort in Pennsylvania a sign GOP campaign in ‘deep trouble’  —  Senior Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod said Mitt Romney's visit to Pennsylvania shows the GOP nominee's campaign is in “deep trouble” and losing in the traditional battlegrounds.
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Talking Points Memo:
Haley Barbour: Hurricane Sandy 'Broke Romney's Momentum'  —  GOP stalwart Haley Barbour argued Sunday on CNN's “State of the Union” that Hurricane Sandy worked to President Obama's political benefit in the election.  —  “The hurricane is what broke Romney's momentum,” he said.
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Hannity show played 2011 union ‘Scabs!’ and ‘Scumbags!’ audio, called it post-Sandy outrage  —  UPDATE: The Daily Caller has learned that the audio Sean Hannity played during his Friday, Nov. 2 broadcast was taken from a 2011 union protest against replacement workers during a Verizon strike.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
AFF poll: Minnesota a toss-up  —  Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are separated by just 1 point in Minnesota, effectively making the race there a toss-up, according to polling taken for the conservative American Future Fund.  —  Romney takes 46 percent of the vote to Obama's 45 percent in the poll …
Alexander Marlow / BREITBART.COM:
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and GayPatriot
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Top Obama adviser: Romney's play for Pennsylvania a ‘desperate ploy’  —  Mitt Romney's last-minute campaign push in Pennsylvania is a “desperate ploy at the end of the campaign,” Obama senior adviser David Plouffe said on ABC's This Week Sunday morning.  —  “To win Pennsylvania …
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
Obama has slight lead in electoral votes; Congress expected to remain status quo  —  On the final weekend of a fiercely fought presidential campaign, President Obama holds a narrow advantage over Mitt Romney in the crucial contest for the electoral votes needed to win the White House …
Discussion: Ballot Box and Election 2012
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Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Beck Acts as a Bridge Between Romney and Evangelical Christians
Discussion: Althouse
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
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Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Ryan, Quiet for Now, Is Said to Be Planning for an Active Role
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
GOP nominee Mitt Romney began his final weekend campaign blitz …
New Jersey Online:
Battered by Sandy, Staten Island feels forgotten
Discussion: Power Line
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Seeks Vengeance For Obama's ‘Revenge’ Remark
“Million Muppet March” Descends On Capitol Hill
Discussion: Hit & Run and Weasel Zippers
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
2012 Ad Blitz: Big Money, Smaller Audience
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Richard A. Oppel Jr / The Caucus:
Biden Takes a Daylight Saving Time-Themed Swipe at Romney
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
New York Times:
Editorial | The Struggle to Cast a Vote: Voting Rights: Upholding Democracy
Discussion: Daily Kos and THEROOT.COM
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Oregon County Elections Official Under Investigation For Ballot Tampering
New York Times:
In Ohio, a Study in Contrasts as 2 Campaigns Get Out Vote
Iran denies suspending uranium enrichment
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
The Vanishing Battleground
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Romney closes big: ‘Love of country’ vs. ‘Revenge’
Discussion: Power Line and GayPatriot
Katie Pavlich /
BREAKING: NAACP Takes Over Houston Polling Station, Advocates for President Obama