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  1. 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.

  2. 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)

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  3. Supporters of President Obama stood for hours, chanting and cheering during the wait to wait to hear First Lady Michelle Obama speak to a packed crowd in the Prime F. Osborn III center in Jacksonville, Fla. on Thursday.

    Legendary musician Stevie Wonder extended the crowd’s patience during the wait for Obama, playing a few of his mega-hits, including “Superstitious” and “Sir Duke”.

    Wonder and Obama both stressed the importance of voting early. The last day for Floridians to vote early is today. 

  4. 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.
  5. Barack Obama made his 12th campaign stop in Colorado Thursday evening, when he touched down at University of Colorado-Boulder’s Coors Events Center.

    Greeted by 10,000 people — slightly fewer than his first two visits to the university — Obama spoke about continuing his 2008 sentiment of hope and change, which Allison Sherry at The Denver Post calls his "stick with me" message.

    "We’ve gotten done so much and we’ve never lost sight of the vision that we share, that you would have a voice, that there would be someone at the table fighting every day for middle class Americans," Obama said.

    As expected, the Thursday visit will not be the president’s last before the election. His campaign has tentatively announced a trip to the Community College of Aurora on Sunday, in the Denver suburb where the mass movie theater shooting occurred on July 20.

  6. As election day draws ever nearer, new polls show President Obama ahead of opponent Mitt Romney in three battleground states: New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin.

    All three states are tightly contested, but New Hampshire’s race is perhaps the closest of them, with Obama holding a slim lead of 49 percent to 47 percent among likely voters.

  7. Barack Obama will make his third visit to University of Colorado Boulder Thursday afternoon and Mitt Romney will arrive at Fiddler’s Green in Englewood, Colo., Saturday evening. 

    It will be Obama’s 12th and Romney’s 16th campaign stop in Colorado in 2012. Ann Romney will be accompanying her husband; it is to be her third campaign stop in Colorado this election.

  8. Both presidential candidates will be in New Hampshire during the last days before the election next Tuesday.

    President Obama will make a visit to New Hampshire on Sunday, one day before Mitt Romney visits the state on Monday night.

    The trip will be Obama’s seventh visit to New Hampshire this year.

  9. Eighteen months and roughly one million political TV ads ago, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign started in New Hampshire.  Last June, the Republican nominee announced his candidacy right here in the Granite State.  

    Next week, Romney’s campaign will end right where it started.

    Romney’s “Victory Rally” will be held in Manchester, N.H. at 9:30 PM next Monday night.  Celebrity supporter Kid Rock will join as a special guest.

  10. As of Tuesday, 38.4 percent of early ballots cast in Colorado are registered Republican and 35.6 percent are registered Democratic, according to data from the Secretary of State’s office.

    The one-million-strong turnout is coincides with razor-close polls in the state, which continue to call Colorado a virtual toss-up.

    "Republicans are upbeat about the numbers, which they believe indicate a much improved voter turnout operation and an overall enthusiasm advantage," writes Eli Stokols, reporter at Fox 31 Denver. “Democrats, however, are confident that the early numbers merely reflect that Republican voters are more likely to vote early generally.”

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