Poll: Single digit race for Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes
October 31st, 2012
09:39 AM ET
1 year ago

Poll: Single digit race for Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes

(CNN) – Need more evidence that Pennsylvania won't be a cakewalk this time around for President Barack Obama?

Then here you go: A Franklin and Marshall College poll of likely Keystone State voters released Wednesday indicates Obama with a 49%-45% edge over Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The president's four point advantage is within the survey's sampling error and is down from a nine point lead he had last month.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Pennsylvania • President Obama
October 31st, 2012
09:33 AM ET
1 year ago

Candidates buy $40 million more in ads in record-setting campaign

(CNN) - The Barack Obama and Mitt Romney campaigns bought $40 million worth of commercials to run this week and into Election Day in key battleground states, according to a source tracking media buys, as spending records continue to be shattered.

And the buying is not over.

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Advantage Democrats in three Senate races
October 31st, 2012
08:57 AM ET
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Advantage Democrats in three Senate races

(CNN) – Democrats hold the edge in three races for U.S. Senate, according to polls released Wednesday of likely voters in Ohio, Florida and Virginia.

Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida leads his GOP rival Rep. Connie Mack among likely voters, 52%-39%, according to the CBS News/New York Times/Quinnipiac poll. In Ohio, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown is ahead of the Republican State Treasurer Josh Mandel, 51%-42%. And in a close race in Virginia, former Gov. Tim Kaine, the Democrat, holds a four point edge (50%-46%) over Republican competitor George Allen, another former governor who served in the U.S. Senate from 2001-2007.
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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Ohio • Virginia
Obama team continues confidence tour with video
October 31st, 2012
07:53 AM ET
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Obama team continues confidence tour with video

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's campaign manager continued his confidence push in a web video released Wednesday, telling supporters the incumbent Democrat was ahead of his rival in key battlegrounds, and would win the election if "we do what we need to do" on Election Day.

Jim Messina, speaking to the camera, ticks through similar reasoning he used on a conference call Monday, saying leads in early voting and increased voter registration have put Obama in a better position to win on Tuesday.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
On the Trail: October 31, 2012
October 31st, 2012
07:46 AM ET
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On the Trail: October 31, 2012

(CNN) - Mitt Romney heads back to the campaign trail Wednesday after taking two days off after Superstorm Sandy. He makes three stops in Florida, beginning with a rally in Tampa.

President Obama canceled his campaign events for Wednesday, and will instead tour damage from the storm with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Both running mates are on the trail: Paul Ryan in his home state of Wisconsin, and Vice President Biden in Florida.

See the full schedule after the jump.
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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Mitt Romney • On the Trail • Paul Ryan • President Obama
Polls: Close contests in Ohio, Florida and Virginia
October 31st, 2012
07:00 AM ET
1 year ago

Polls: Close contests in Ohio, Florida and Virginia

(CNN) - With six days to go until the presidential election, new polls in arguably the three most important battleground states indicate President Barack Obama with a small advantage over Republican nominee Mitt Romney in Ohio, and the race basically deadlocked in Florida and Virginia.

According to a CBS News/New York Times/Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday, the president holds a 50%-45% edge among likely voters in Ohio. Obama's five point advantage is within the poll's sampling error.
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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney • Ohio • President Obama • Virginia
Anti-Obama mail piece: ‘We are no longer a Christian nation’
October 31st, 2012
06:31 AM ET
1 year ago

Anti-Obama mail piece: ‘We are no longer a Christian nation’

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – The political arm of Focus on the Family, the Colorado-based social conservative organization founded by evangelical author and radio host James Dobson, is targeting Iowa voters with a mailing that quotes President Barack Obama as saying “we are no longer a Christian nation.”

The fold-out brochure, which landed in Iowa mailboxes last week and was provided to CNN by a Des Moines-area voter, draws a series of contrasts between Obama and Mitt Romney on the issues of abortion, same-sex marriage and insurance coverage for contraception.

See the mailer here and here.

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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
October 31st, 2012
04:51 AM ET
1 year ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click on the headlines for more.

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CNN: Disaster relief: Obama, Romney differ on federal role
When Chris Christie praises President Barack Obama as "outstanding" and "incredibly supportive," you know something extraordinary has occurred. In this case, it was once-in-a-lifetime Superstorm Sandy, which caused the outspoken Republican governor of New Jersey to declare a state of emergency and seek federal help for widespread devastation. Such effusive praise from a frequent Obama critic and strong supporter of Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney put the campaign magnifying glass on a key election issue - the role of the federal government - a week before the November 6 vote.

CNN: Will you be able to vote next Tuesday? Despite Sandy, probably so
Widespread damage in the East from Superstorm Sandy threw state and local agencies tasked with running next week's election into turmoil, sending them scrambling to make sure they can accommodate voters. The storm heavily damaged parts of the mid-Atlantic coastline and left millions without power from the Carolinas to New England, raising the possibility that the storm's impact could disrupt Election Day efforts.

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Romney campaign to hit the road with 100 surrogates
October 31st, 2012
03:00 AM ET
1 year ago

Romney campaign to hit the road with 100 surrogates

(CNN) – Mitt Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, will kick off a four-day tour starting Friday, where they'll be joined by their wives and 100 surrogates in the final days of the White House race, his campaign announced Wednesday.

The tour starts off with a rally in West Chester, Ohio, the hometown of House Speaker John Boehner. Aside from Boehner, featured guests that day include former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

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