CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 1, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: 50% – 48% IN COLORADO, OBAMA UP TWO IN NEW CNN/ORC POLL… It's a tight race in Colorado, with 50% of likely voters picking Barack Obama and 48% choosing Mitt Romney. That margin for Obama is well within the survey's sampling error, essentially making the race a tie. As in most swing states, there is a fairly big gender gap, with Romney ahead among men by 10 points and Obama winning women by 13 points. Income is also an important indicator. Obama has a big lead among lower wage earners, while voters with more than $50,000 in income last year are tied - 49% for Romney, 49% for Obama. But the key to the Colorado election may be the split between the Denver area and the rest of the state, with the suburbs likely to determine the winner. – CNN’s Keating Holland
(CNN) – President Obama is bringing a heavy dose of star power with him on his final day on the campaign trail.
The campaign announced Thursday that musician Bruce Springsteen will perform at all three of the president's stops on Monday – Madison, Wisconsin; Columbus, Ohio; and Des Moines, Iowa. In addition, rapper Jay-Z will perform at the Columbus, Ohio stop.
First lady Michelle Obama will also join the president at his last stop in Des Moines, according to the campaign.
(CNN) – Hours before President Barack Obama campaigns in Boulder, Colorado, a new survey indicates a very close contest between the president and Republican nominee Mitt Romney for the Centennial State's nine electoral votes.
According to a CNN/ORC International poll, 50% of likely voters in Colorado support Obama, with 48% backing the former Massachusetts governor. The president's two-point margin is well within the survey's sampling error.
TOPICS: Presidential race in Colorado
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(CNN) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wrote in a surprise endorsement Thursday he was voting for President Barack Obama in the upcoming presidential election, using Superstorm Sandy as a peg to highlight the president's stance on climate change.
Citing the storm, which left much of his city underwater and powerless, Bloomberg wrote in an op-ed on his website that "while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of [climate change], the risk that it might be – given this week's devastation – should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action."
(CNN) – In a new television ad released Thursday, Mitt Romney's campaign sought to remind Iowa voters of the state's newspaper endorsements for the GOP presidential nominee.
The 30-second spot, "Iowa Newspapers Agree," features the titles of four news outlets whose editorial boards recommended Romney as the best candidate to pick.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama's campaign is again responding to the claims leveled in an auto-themed ad by GOP nominee Mitt Romney with their own ad.
On Monday, Team Obama released a spot pushing back at the Romney spot, which was not announced by the Romney campaign but appeared on Ohio airwaves over the weekend and says, "Obama took GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy, and sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China."
Washington (CNN) – Missouri Senate Candidate Todd Akin is trying to turn controversy he created about rape and women on its head – making a direct appeal to conservative women in a new television ad featuring a woman who says she was raped and had an abortion.
"I'm a single mother – a woman who's had an abortion. I've been raped in my past," says the woman who says her name is Kelly.
Green Bay, Wisconsin (CNN) – President Obama kicked off the final push towards Election Day with what sounded like a closing argument meant to reassure voters that by voting for him, they know what they're getting.
After four days away from the campaign trail spent overseeing the federal government's response to Hurricane Sandy, the president began his remarks here at Austin Straubel Airport on Thursday morning with a small taste of the nonpartisan tone that has dominated the week. First he thanked one of his introducers, Green Bay Packers safety Charles Woodson, for announcing a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross.
(CNN) - In the race for U.S. Senate in Nebraska, Democrat Bob Kerrey received a cross-party endorsement from former senator and Republican Chuck Hagel.
Kerrey is in a heated battle with Republican state Sen. Deb Fischer to replace the retiring Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson.