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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. Paul Ryan and surrogates for both presidential campaigns have not left the plains of Colorado out of their final visits in the last hours before the election. Although the suburbs of Denver, where the Rocky Mountains are still visible, are the hub of Colorado’s undecided voters, the northeastern farmland part of the state is also getting considerable attention.

    Actress Alexis Bledel and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) stumped for Obama in Greeley on Saturday and Ryan will be back in Greeley on Monday.

    The plains, mainly comprised in Colorado’s 4th congressional district, have swung from being a competitive district to a safe seat for Republican Rep. Cory Gardner after the 2010 Census and redistricting. The cattle country represents a national Republican mood that is distinctly anti-Obama, according to Megan MacColl at Claremont McKenna College

    arthistorygeek:

    The eastern plains of Colorado. Love seeing the patterns that result from farming and from water flow.

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  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.”

  6. Surrogates are swarming Colorado, a phenomenon that the state has only begun to experience since becoming a battleground state in recent elections. Colorado’s nine electoral college votes may be decided where one of these appearances occur.

    For more information on Rep. Jared Polis and Craig Romney’s visits on Monday, see CU Independent's multimedia article.

  7. The Albuquerque Journal reports that not much has changed in New Mexico politics. President Barack Obama continues to maintain a comfortable lead over Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the Journal’s new poll, 50-41 percent. . 

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  8. Speaking to a crowd of about 8,500 outside a middle school in Nashua, N.H. on Saturday, President Obama took shots at Mitt Romney’s record as Governor of Massachusetts.  Obama said that Romney’s tax cuts in Massachusetts helped the wealthy, while raising fees which hurt the middle class.

    ‘‘There were higher fees to be a barber, higher fees to become a nurse,’’ Obama said. ‘‘There were higher fees for gas. There were higher fees for milk. There were higher fees for blind people who needed to get a certificate (saying) that they were blind.’’

  9. Early voting in Florida begins Saturday Oct. 27 and continues until Saturday Nov. 3. The state’s predominately Republican legislature cut the early voting period by one day.

    Unlike in 2008, there will be no early voting the Sunday before the election.

    Due to the cut-off, accusations that the state is trying to keep minorities from casting their vote early are flying. 

    The Orlando Sentinel reports The Florida Civil Rights Association is one of the groups casting that accusation. The association has organized a “souls to the polls” event to be held the Sunday before the election. It calls for black voters in nine counties in Florida to assemble at the polls in protest.

    Early voters are said to have helped Barack Obama win Florida in the 2008 election. 

  10. By Donna Musolli for The 12

    Wayne State University students weighed in on the final presidential debate over foreign policy and the candidates’ positions in the days following it. 

    Failing to mention the Euro crisis kept Americans from seeing each candidate’s knowledge of the crisis and general stance on the issue, senior political science student Alexander Kappaz said.

    “I was extremely disappointed that any of the debates failed to mention the Euro crisis. Romney insists on comparing America to countries like Spain and Greece. I find this perplexing because the crisis in Spain was caused by sovereign debt and currency which is not analogous to the economic situations in Greece. So either Romney is economically illiterate, or being incredibly disingenuous on purpose to hammer home a fear-mongering talking point,” Kappaz said. “It would have been interesting to see Obama’s response to the crisis and I would have liked to see at least one of the candidates articulate why these situations are different.”

    While some students felt that the absence of certain topics were detrimental to the debate, others did not.

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