Washington (CNN) – The presence of international monitors observing next week's presidential and Congressional election has caused a firestorm among voter ID law supporters and, particularly, the Texas attorney general.
The reservations came after the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) announced it is sending dozens of monitors from around the world to monitor the upcoming presidential and Congressional elections.
Bristol, Virginia (CNN) - Mitt Romney running mate Paul Ryan likened President Barack Obama's 19-page second-term plan to a brochure at a Virginia rally and called it a "slick repackaging of more of the same" at a Virginia rally.
"You know President Obama hasn't really given us a vision for a second term agenda," he said. "Just a couple of days ago he came up with a slick new brochure. You know, with less than two weeks left to say, 'Oh I do actually have an agenda.'"
(CNN) - The Republican National Committee brought in nearly $20 million in the first half of the October and is buying more ad time in Wisconsin, RNC chairman Reince Priebus said Thursday.
Priebus said a filing with the Federal Election Commission will show the committee raised over $19.8 million between October 1 and 17 and ended the period with $67.6 million cash on hand.
Chicago (CNN) - President Barack Obama made a brief stop in Chicago Thursday to cast his presidential ballot, 12 days ahead of Election Day.
He entered the Martin Luther King Community Center around 4:10 p.m. local time, shaking hands with poll workers and telling them he appreciated their work. After filling out the requisite paperwork, and presenting a photo ID ("Notice there's no grey in that picture"), he walked over to the electronic voting machine and made his selections.
(CNN) – A new poll released Thursday shows debate watchers believe President Barack Obama won the third and final presidential debate over Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
The Gallup poll, taken entirely after the last debate focused on foreign policy and held in Boca Raton, Florida, indicated 56% of debate watchers thought Obama did a better job while 33% thought Romney won.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 25, 2012 | 5 p.m.
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DEVELOPING... BATTLEGROUND VIRGINIA: Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly tells CNN's John King, "A lot of people are focused on Ohio, but I really think it is just as conceivable that, frankly, the epicenter of this outcome is going to be right here in Virginia," Connolly said in an interview at a Obama campaign office in the heart of Prince William County. ... Republican pollster Whit Ayers tells King he likes the trend: "If you look at the dozen polls in Virginia taken before the first presidential debate on October 3, Obama was ahead in all 12," Ayres said in an interview as his office in Alexandria. "If you look at the eight polls taken after the first presidential debate, Romney was ahead in six of the eight. ... Clearly the momentum is going in Romney's direction. It is enough to win? We'll find out." VIDEO
WILD CARDS… Little-known candidates could harm Romney, Obama bids… Gary Johnson and Virgil Goode have no chance of winning the November 6 presidential election, but the two “third-party” candidates could have an impact on who does. Together, Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Goode of the Constitution Party are in position to siphon a few thousand votes from Republican Mitt Romney and perhaps President Barack Obama in some of the handful of battleground states considered up for grabs and therefore decisive in determining the winner. Goode, a former Democrat-turned-Republican congressman from Virginia known for an anti-immigration stance and other strongly conservative policies, routinely won well over 120,000 votes in his home district in elections from 1996 to 2008. … “Virgil Goode is a wild card, particularly in Virginia,” said Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report, adding “he could be a factor even if he wins only a handful of votes.” – Tom Cohen
Worthington, Ohio (CNN) - Mitt Romney told Ohio voters Thursday his candidacy offered "big change" as he sought to shore up support and encourage turnout in the crucial swing state.
"We need to make sure Ohio is able to send a message loud and clear: We want real change. We want big change," Romney told 3,000 cheering supporters in Cincinnati, the first stop on the GOP presidential nominee's bus tour through the Buckeye State.
(CNN) – Police in Arlington County, Virginia said Thursday they will start a criminal investigation of "election offense allegations" involving the son of Democratic Rep. Jim Moran.
The congressman's son, Patrick, resigned from his position Wednesday as a paid staff member on his father's re-election campaign after secretly-recorded video showed him giving detailed advice on how to commit voter fraud.
(CNN) – The Washington Post announced in an editorial Thursday their endorsement of President Barack Obama.
The Post, which also endorsed then-Illinois Sen. Obama in 2008, said that while much of the campaign for the White House has "dwelt on the past," Obama is in a better position to lead in the challenges that lie ahead.