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  1. Eight-year-old Draak Clausing, attending a Republican election-watch party in Arizona, holds his head in despair as election results continue to stream in indicating an Obama re-election. (Photo by Aaron Lavinsky for the Arizona State Press)

    Eight-year-old Draak Clausing, attending a Republican election-watch party in Arizona, holds his head in despair as election results continue to stream in indicating an Obama re-election. (Photo by Aaron Lavinsky for the Arizona State Press)

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  2. New Mexico governor Susana Martinez is expected to campaign in a few key swing states on behalf of the Republican party in support of Mitt Romney. 

    As the nation’s first Latina Governor, Martinez is looking to plug Romney in Dallas during a fundraiser for Hispanic Republicans.

    Martinez will campaign in Nevada and Texas. 

  3. All images courtesy of Laura Fong.

    Craig Romney, son of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, visited the Kent campaign headquarters Friday where he spoke to a crowd of approximately 100 people.

    Craig told the crowd stories about growing up with a politically active father. He thanked supporters on behalf of his dad and asked for their continued support for the last leg of the election season.

  4. College Republicans urge students to get their absentee ballots at the University of North Florida Student Union on Wednesday.

    College Republicans urge students to get their absentee ballots at the University of North Florida Student Union on Wednesday.

  5. On Wednesday, GOP super PAC Restore Our Future launched a $1.2-million ad buy focusing on the national unemployment rate. The PAC points to the Obama administration for the loss in job growth.

    The ad claims the real unemployment rate is around 19 percent when those who have stopped looking for work are included; the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the national unemployment rate at 8.1 percent as of August. 

    This is the first presidential campaign ad in Michigan since August. Neither of the presidential campaigns has released ads here since February.

    The ad also appears in Wisconsin.  

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  6. Michigan is just so critical. I mean there are just a handful of states that really, literally will determine the direction and the trajectory of America… for a long time.”

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    Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan to Michigan volunteers Saturday, via conference call, as they prepared to rally support.

    Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, campaigned in three western Michigan cities over the weekend. Biden spoke at campaign offices in Grand Rapids and Battle Creek and students at Kalamazoo College.

    "Joe and Barack have our backs, and it’s time that we have their backs," Biden said at her campaign stop in Grand Rapids.

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  7. There’s another scandal about racially insensitive language brewing in New Mexico. 

    Republicans in Bernalillo County last week began airing an ad condeming comments made by DNC Committeewoman Sheryl Williams Stapleton, who called Gov. Susanna Martinez (R) a “Mexican” during a heated exchange with a GOP lawmaker in December.

    The controversy follows a scandal involving a member from the Republican National Committee called to resign over a joke about Native Americans. 

  8. Contentious politics got you down? Here’s a nice reminder that — even during their conventions — the two parties aren’t so different after all. 

    Swing state residents may want to bookmark this, as the campaign is sure to get uglier between now and November. 

    Video credit: A.J. Chavar, The Washington Post

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