EDITOR'S NOTE: CNN has sent dozens of reporters, producers, contributors and correspondents to the key battleground states to cover the final days of the 2012 election. The following dispatch is from CNN's Ed Lavandera in Colorado.
BOULDER, Colorado - We've spent the last week peering into the psyche and soul of Colorado voters in the days leading up to the 2012 presidential election. We've dissected campaign strategies, the economy, key voting groups and those relentless television commercials.
But the quest for a unique voice, a slightly different point of view brought me to the streets of Boulder, a city known for strolling to a, shall we say, peculiar drumbeat. A perfect place to explore the lighter side of presidential politics.
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Phoenix (CNN) - Republican presidential candidates crisscross the country searching for votes. But some are going out of their way to make a stop for the vote of one person: Joe Arpaio, the controversial sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.
"They don't come see me because I'm tall, dark and handsome. They come for my endorsement," Arpaio told CNN.
AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - A Texas judge is sending "The Hammer" to prison. Former Republican leader Tom DeLay was sentenced to three years in prison Monday after a jury found him guilty of money laundering and conspiracy.
DeLay emotionally asked the judge for leniency. "I've lost my right to vote. Just because someone disagrees with you, it's not enough, they have to bury you, throw you in jail." DeLay arrived at the Austin courthouse in good spirits earlier today jokingly telling reporters he "had a date with the judge today." During his days in Congress, he earned the nickname "The Hammer."
Waco, Texas (CNN) – The volunteers file into the steamy campaign headquarters wearing bright red Chet Edwards T-shirts. A group of old men pull their "Vets for Chet" hats down tight, waiting for the congressman to fire up the troops.
"I think they might have predicted our demise a little too soon," an energetic Chet Edwards tells the crowd to a round of cheers.
A young volunteer turns to a friend and says he's eager to help the long-term Democratic congressman because, "he needs all the help he can get."