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  1. This past weekend was going to be a big one for Virginia: visits from both presidential candidates and running mates were scheduled around the state. At the same time, Hurricane Sandy was also planning for a big weekend.

    As a safety precaution, weekend appearances by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Vice President Joe Biden were canceled on Friday.

    Biden and his wife and son, Jill and Beau, were scheduled to visit Virginia Beach Saturday. Romney was scheduled to visit Sunday before visiting Richmond 100 miles away. Both canceled their events in Virginia Beach to allow local resources to stay focused on hurricane preparedness and any emergencies that would arise.

    Romney canceled other campaign stops in Prince William County and Richmond on Friday. Saturday night, Obama canceled a rally with former president Bill Clinton that was supposed to be held Monday in Prince William County.

    Romney’s Virginia Beach stop will be rescheduled. There’s been no announcement about whether his stops in Prince William and Richmond will be rescheduled.

    Hurricane Sandy hit on one of the two weekends the state had scheduled for in-person absentee voting. In Virginia Beach, one of the largest cities in the state, in-person absentee voting was put on hold for Monday, Oct. 29 at the municipal center, courthouses, fire stations and DMVs.

    Virginia’s State Board of Elections advised local registrars to stay open unless it would endanger voters to travel to the office. The state has prioritized restoring power to registrar offices and the 2,500 polling locations around the state and state law allows the Board to designate emergency polling places, if needed.

    Already, Gov. Bob McDonnell has announced the State Board of Elections will schedule supplementary evening and weekend in-person absentee voting times after the storm.

    (via the Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Daily Press)

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  2. This fight is going to be fierce all the way to Nov. 6 and neither side will concede Virginia. Obama doesn’t need Virginia, but wants it to deprive Romney of an easy path to 270.”

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    University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato about what both presidential campaigns need to achieve in the last 13 days before the election. The candidates seem to agree, with appearances from the candidates and their running mates all happening in the next week in Virginia.

    Tomorrow, Paul Ryan will campaign in Bristol and Charlottesville while Barack Obama visits Richmond. On Saturday, Jill and Joe Biden will visit Virginia Beach and Lynchburg with their son, Beau. On Sunday, Romney will visit Richmond, Prince William County and Virginia Beach. (via Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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  3. President Barack Obama’s (blue) and candidate Mitt Romney’s (red) visits to college campuses since August 2012. An interactive version of the map can be viewed here.
President Barack Obama visited George Mason University in Fairfax for the second time this month on Friday to campaign before the Nov. 6 election.
 It might seem Obama spends a lot of time on college campuses, but The Washington Post’s campaign stops map show that Obama has only visited one more Virginia college campus than his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney.  Including appearances from their wives and running mates, the Romney and Obama campaigns have visited the same number of colleges since August.
While they may be tied on campuses, the Romney campaign (counting appearances from each candidate’s running mate) has visited Virginia five more times than the Obama campaign.
First Lady Michelle Obama has Romney’s wife, Ann, beat in Virginia. Since August, Michelle has visited the state 10 times while Ann has only visited five times.  Most of Ann’s events are private fundraisers. Michelle spoke at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg on Sept. 13 and earlier in the year, on Jan. 11, she visited Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond with Jill Biden. Later, on May 5, Obama himself made an appearance at the university.
Obama’s running mate, Joe Biden, has not visited any college campuses, but he did visit an elementary school in Wytheville on Aug. 14. Two months before, he spoke at Tallwood High School’s graduation in Virginia Beach. Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan visited Christopher Newport University in Newport News on Sept. 18, which prompted the school to take a second look at their demonstration policy.

    President Barack Obama’s (blue) and candidate Mitt Romney’s (red) visits to college campuses since August 2012. An interactive version of the map can be viewed here.

    President Barack Obama visited George Mason University in Fairfax for the second time this month on Friday to campaign before the Nov. 6 election.

     It might seem Obama spends a lot of time on college campuses, but The Washington Post’s campaign stops map show that Obama has only visited one more Virginia college campus than his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney.  Including appearances from their wives and running mates, the Romney and Obama campaigns have visited the same number of colleges since August.

    While they may be tied on campuses, the Romney campaign (counting appearances from each candidate’s running mate) has visited Virginia five more times than the Obama campaign.

    First Lady Michelle Obama has Romney’s wife, Ann, beat in Virginia. Since August, Michelle has visited the state 10 times while Ann has only visited five times.  Most of Ann’s events are private fundraisers. Michelle spoke at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg on Sept. 13 and earlier in the year, on Jan. 11, she visited Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond with Jill Biden. Later, on May 5, Obama himself made an appearance at the university.

    Obama’s running mate, Joe Biden, has not visited any college campuses, but he did visit an elementary school in Wytheville on Aug. 14. Two months before, he spoke at Tallwood High School’s graduation in Virginia Beach. Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan visited Christopher Newport University in Newport News on Sept. 18, which prompted the school to take a second look at their demonstration policy.

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  4. By Emily Morman for The 12 

    Vice President Joe Biden may have been laughing during his Oct. 11 debate against GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, but his behavior didn’t put a smile on the faces of some students at Wayne State University.

    Both candidates played offense during their first and only square-off, but WSU students said the candidates’ behavior and attitudes were what made the difference to them.

    Senior pre-med student Sai Dalavayi said he was “unimpressed” by Biden’s behavior, particularly his reactions to Ryan’s statements.

    “Vice President Biden was just flat-out laughing, and the lack of professionalism definitely impacted his performance,” he said. “He didn’t treat it with the same kind of respect that Paul Ryan was giving him.”

    Sophomore marketing student Richard Benoist also said he thought Ryan gave a stronger performance during the debate.

    “I think that Ryan had the upper hand because he can talk about what Biden and (President Barack) Obama haven’t done, and he can talk about what he will do,” he said. “I support Biden, but most of the time, he just sat there and smiled, and then giggled, but he didn’t really have as much to go off of.”

    The vice presidential candidates touched on a number of issues during the debate moderated by ABC News Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, including foreign policy, taxes, healthcare and abortion.

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  5. Vice President Joe Biden made a campaign stop in Merrimack, N.H on Saturday, concluding a two-day campaign swing through the Granite State. Biden, speaking before a crowd of about 500, took shots at Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” comments.

    "Ladies and gentlemen, he genuinely believes this. Just look at what they are proposing," Biden told the crowd. "How can someone have such a profound misunderstanding of the American people?” 

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  6. By the year 2020, we are determined that we will once again have the highest percentage of college graduates of any nation in the world,”

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    Vice President Joe Biden, at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.

    From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

    Biden’s speech on a college campus was meant to contrast the differences between the Obama administration’s education policies and those of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

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  7. President Obama and Vice President Biden will make an appearance at a grassroots event at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, N.H. on Friday.

    Michelle Obama and Jill Biden will accompany their husbands at the event. 

  8. Messy Tampa weather could send more protesters to NC Convention
From the Charlotte Observer: Downpours in Tampa may douse some protest plans at the Republican National Convention. But organizers say Isaac could also affect demonstrations at the Democrats’ convention next week – boosting the number or the resolve of protesters determined to reach a national audience in Charlotte.
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    Messy Tampa weather could send more protesters to NC Convention

    From the Charlotte Observer: Downpours in Tampa may douse some protest plans at the Republican National Convention. But organizers say Isaac could also affect demonstrations at the Democrats’ convention next week – boosting the number or the resolve of protesters determined to reach a national audience in Charlotte.

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  9. There is nothing gutsy about giving a millionaire another tax break. There is nothing bold about gutting Medicare, Medicaid and education. Not only is it not new, it’s not fair and it’s not right. The people who pay are middle class.”

    - Vice President Joe Biden on a campaign stop at a Detroit high school.

    Biden also visited West Bloomfield, Mich. and Minnesota on his two-day “grass roots” tour that ended Wednesday. Olympic boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields introduced Biden to her home state at the Detroit event. 

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