Barack Obama

  1. The tiny village of Dixville Notch, N.H. is one of a select few places where voters get to cast their ballot at the stroke of midnight on election day.  This year, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney tied among the village’s voters, with a count of five votes for each candidate.

    In 2008, Barack Obama carried Dixville Notch, defeating John McCain in a comparably huge voter turnout, 15 votes to six.

  2. Looks like Virginia Commonwealth University’s chapter of Students for Obama got to campus early to do some last-minute campaigning in the middle of campus.

    Many of VCU’s students who live on or close to campus are split between three districts, but the school is providing shuttle buses to and from polling locations until 5 p.m. today.

    Read more about VCU students’ districting here.

    commonwealthtimes.org »

  3. The Post  profiled canvassing efforts in Henrico County, Va. in the final days of the presidential campaign.

    Virginia went blue for the first time since 1964 in 2008, with Henrico being one of the key players in that change. In 2008, President Obama beat John McCain there: Obama got 56 percent of the votes while McCain took 44 percent of the vote.

    Washington Post »

  4. Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have made their final 2012 campaign appearances in swing state Colorado.

    Romney drew 17,000 to Fiddler’s Green in Englewood, Colo., Saturday evening and Obama hosted 20,000 at Community College of Aurora late Sunday evening.

    In the last weekend of the campaigns, Romney told Coloradans that he can offer “real change,” which Obama continued to dispute.

    "The question of this election comes down to this – do you want more of the same or do you want real change?" Romney said Saturday night. "President Obama promised change but he could not deliver change. Now I promise change and I have a record of achieving real change."

    Obama retorted Sunday night that Romney’s policies are not new. “You’ve got to give him credit, Gov. Romney is a pretty talented salesman, and in this campaign, he’s tried as hard as he can to repackage the same old bad ideas that didn’t work and offer them up as new ideas, he says they’re change,” Obama said.

    "You know what real change looks like. I’ve got the stars to prove it, I’ve got the grey hair to show it," he said. An audience member yelled, "And it looks good, baby!"

    "I appreciate that," Obama said.

    The candidates remain locked in Colorado polls, though Republicans lead in early voting. Paul Ryan will campaign in Johnstown, Colo., near livestock and agriculture-rich Greeley on Monday. It is expected to be the last candidate visit before the Nov. 6 election.

  5. University of Richmond’s The Collegian newspaper breaks down the two presidential candidates by comparing key numbers and facts checked by Politifact, just in time for a refresher before Election Day.

    thecollegianur.com »

  6. The presidential candidates are giving Wisconsin just as much attention as larger election-deciding states like as Ohio and Florida in the final days of the campaign.
With voters in the state seemingly split down the middle, a raspy-voiced Obama made his second appearance in Milwaukee and brought a few friends with him.
Obama was joined by state Democrats such as Mayor Tom Barrett, Sen. Herb Kohl, Rep. Gwen Moore and Rep. Tammy Baldwin and multi-platinum artist Katy Perry.
The President assured a crowd of nearly 20,000 supporters of the importance of  their votes in this election.
“If we win Wisconsin, we’ll win this election,” Obama said.
The President is stop in Wisconsin once more before voters go to the polls, this time with “The Boss” Bruce Springsteen in Madison.

    The presidential candidates are giving Wisconsin just as much attention as larger election-deciding states like as Ohio and Florida in the final days of the campaign.

    With voters in the state seemingly split down the middle, a raspy-voiced Obama made his second appearance in Milwaukee and brought a few friends with him.

    Obama was joined by state Democrats such as Mayor Tom Barrett, Sen. Herb Kohl, Rep. Gwen Moore and Rep. Tammy Baldwin and multi-platinum artist Katy Perry.

    The President assured a crowd of nearly 20,000 supporters of the importance of their votes in this election.

    “If we win Wisconsin, we’ll win this election,” Obama said.

    The President is stop in Wisconsin once more before voters go to the polls, this time with “The Boss” Bruce Springsteen in Madison.

  7. Obama’s $1.34 million lead in Colorado fundraising is not necessarily translating into a lead in votes.

    Republicans lead in Colorado early voting by a margin of 38 percent to 35 percent. According to The Atlantic, 80 percent of Colorado’s electorate voted early in 2008. Molly Ball writes:

    Democrats say they are leading among “non-midterm voters” who are voting early. But there’s no getting around it: Republicans — who lost the early vote in Colorado by 4 points in 2008 — are winning it this time, and the early vote is a huge majority of the total vote in this state Obama won by 9 points in 2008.

  8. A reminder that an incumbent president’s job is still ongoing in the final days of elections:  

    "I could just fall apart, my back is killing me, my head is hurting, I’ve been up all day," Lyndon B. Johnson says in this recording (skip to 5:10) from the day of the 1964 election. "It’s been a wonderful evening, a very touching evening, but I got so sore today, I didn’t realize how much I’ve been doing."

    lbjlibrary:

    Nov. 3, 1964. Even in the midst of Election Day, Vietnam is still on LBJ’s mind. He speaks with McGeorge Bundy at 5.11 PM about politics and the recent attack on U.S. forces at Bien Hoa Airfield. 

    (via ourpresidents)

    lbjlibrary »

  9. With all eyes on battleground states like Virginia, outreach and advocacy groups have been reminding voters how important it is to get out and vote on Election Day. 

    And while this election is the first for many college-aged students, University of Richmond’s Scott Himelein reports for The Collegian that there are some students who just aren’t ready — or just don’t feel like — voting.

    “Young people do not seem to have the same enthusiasm they did four years ago,” said Ernest McGowen, a University of Richmond political science professor. “I do not think this trend is particular to young people. Most Democrat and Independent voters in Virginia — more young people tend to be Democrat — are registering lower enthusiasm for the race, likely because the overall mood of the country is down.”

    Visits from the candidates over the coming weekend (there are five scheduled visits between both camps before Monday) are still happening in the few days before the election in an effort to mobilize some voters and sway undecided voters in their favor.

    thecollegianur.com »

  10. When disaster strikes, we see America at its best, the petty differences that consume us in normal times, they all seem to melt away. We saw it here in Colorado with the fires this summer, and then the terrible tragedy in Aurora, in moments like these we are reminded that there are no Democrats or Republicans during a crisis, just fellow Americans.”

    - President Obama speaking on the University of Colorado - Boulder campus Thursday evening. It was Obama’s first campaign day since addressing Hurricane Sandy.

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