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11:40 AM 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
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?
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and Romney Deadlocked, Poll Shows  —  President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney enter the final sprint before Election Day essentially deadlocked nationally in what looks set to be one of the closest presidential elections in U.S. history.  —  A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll …
Discussion: Business Insider
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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up 8 in Minnesota, amendments may be going down  —  PPP's final Minnesota poll of the 2012 election cycle finds Barack Obama leading comfortably, 53-45.  We've conducted four surveys of the state since Labor Day and found Obama leading by a margin in the 7-10 point range on each of them.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin
Discussion: The Daily Caller and JSOnline
Dustin Hawkins / BREITBART.COM:
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads 50-47 nationally
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.
Newsday:   Elect Mitt Romney president of the United States
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
GOP nominee Mitt Romney began his final weekend campaign blitz …
Discussion: GayPatriot and Ballot Box
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.
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
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
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Seeks Vengeance For Obama's ‘Revenge’ Remark  —  Mitt Romney's campaign is reorganizing itself around a new last-second message, accusing President Obama of urging his supporters to vote out of “revenge.”  —  The new line of attack stems from an Obama rally in Springfield …
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.
“Million Muppet March” Descends On Capitol Hill  —  Occupy Sesame Street?  —  Andrew Kaczynski  —  an hour ago  —  25 responses
Discussion: Hit & Run and Weasel Zippers
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: Politico
New York Times:
In Ohio, a Study in Contrasts as 2 Campaigns Get Out Vote  —  CINCINNATI — Inside a peeling former nightclub here, Obama volunteers are perched on any seats they can find, trays of half-eaten sandwiches line an old mirrored bar and a hand-scrawled list of “office needs” includes toilet paper and Teddy Grahams.
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: Politico
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Obama has slight lead in electoral votes; Congress expected to remain status quo
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Discussion: Power Line
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
2012 Ad Blitz: Big Money, Smaller Audience
Discussion: Politico
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
Tim Stanley /
Romney offers a real alternative to Obama, Bush and the whole New Deal sexy state circus
Discussion: GayPatriot
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Oregon County Elections Official Under Investigation For Ballot Tampering
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Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Final stretch in Iowa gives edge to Obama
Discussion: WMUR
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