October 24th, 2008
05:29 AM ET
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ON THE TRAIL: Friday Oct. 24th, 2008

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(CNN) - With just 11 days of campaigning left, here's another sign of just how much the presidential election is being fought on Republican turf: the Democratic vice presidential nominee plans on visiting West Virginia and Virginia Friday.

Sen. Joe Biden is expected to meet voters at a rally in Charleston, West Virginia.

Prior to 2000, West Virginia was staunchly Democratic in its presidential election voting, going for the Republican only three times dating back to 1956. President Bush won the state in 2000 and 2004 by appealing to its socially conservative voters through issues like abortion and gun control.

Recent polls in the state suggest the race is close. A CNN Poll of Polls in West Virginia released Thursday showed Republican presidential nominee John McCain with a two-point lead over his Democratic rival Barack Obama, 47 percent to 45 percent. The polls were conducted October 4 through October 21.

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Biden is then scheduled to visit Martinsville and Danville in Virginia, another state won by President Bush in 2000 and 2004. A CNN Poll of Polls in Virginia - also released Thursday - showed Obama with a considerable advantage over McCain, leading 51 percent to 43 percent. The polls were conducted October 3 through October 21.

Obama is visiting his ailing grandmother in Hawaii. No public events are planned. He is scheduled to return to the campaign trail on Saturday.

The Republican ticket is focusing on Colorado, Pennsylvania and Missouri Friday.

McCain is scheduled to hold rallies and events in Denver, Colorado Springs and Durango, Colorado.

CNN's John King reported earlier this week that some in the McCain camp view their chances of winning Colorado as bleak. Other sources within the campaign told King that McCain campaign manager Rick Davis believes the state is still winnable.

The most recent CNN Poll of Polls in Colorado showed Obama with a 6-point lead over McCain, 50 percent to 44 percent.

Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is scheduled to deliver a speech in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and then make her way to Missouri.

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Her schedule calls for a rally at Missouri State University and then an NHL game in St. Louis, where she's dropping the puck. It's the second time this year the self-described "hockey mom" will be dropping the puck, having done so at a Philadelphia Flyers game on October 11.

The most recent CNN Poll of Polls in Missouri showed McCain with a two-point advantage over Obama, 48 percent to 46 percent. The polls were conducted October 4 through October 19.

In between the rally and the hockey game, Palin and her husband, Todd, are scheduled to give depositions to the Alaska Personnel Board. The board is investigating whether Palin unfairly fired the state's public safety director. Palin has denied any wrongdoing.


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October 23rd, 2008
05:27 AM ET
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ON THE TRAIL: Thursday Oct. 23rd, 2008

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(CNN) - Republican presidential nominee John McCain's schedule on Thursday calls for a swing through the battleground state of Florida.

Rallies and events are planned in Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, Altamonte Springs, Orlando, Plant City and Sarasota.

The most recent CNN Poll of Polls in Florida showed Obama with a three-point lead over McCain in Florida, 49 percent to 46 percent. The polls were conducted October 4 through October 15.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama plans to meet voters in Indianapolis, Indiana. The state has voted for the Democratic candidate during presidential elections just once during the past 70 years.

Recent polls, however, show a tight race in Indiana. A CNN/Time/Opinion Research indicated McCain had a five-point advantage over Obama, 51 percent to 46 percent. The poll was conducted October 3 through October 6, and had a margin of error of plus or minus of 4 percentage points.

The Obama campaign has spent about $4.6 million in ad spending in Indiana during the past 30 days.

The Republican National Committee has picked up the slack for McCain in Indiana, but has been vastly outspent by the Obama campaign. The RNC has spent about $1.1 million during the same period.

Following the rally in Indianapolis, Obama is expected to leave the campaign trail and visit his ailing grandmother in Hawaii. He plans to return to the campaign on Saturday, Obama campaign spokesman Robert Gibbs said on Monday.

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The other half the Democratic ticket, vice presidential nominee Joe Biden, will be in North Carolina, yet another traditionally Republican state that the Democrats are hoping to flip on Election Day.

He's scheduled to attend rallies at universities and colleges in Charlotte, Winston-Salem, and Raleigh.

A CNN/Time/Opinion Research poll released Wednesday showed Obama with a 4-point lead over McCain in North Carolina, 51 percent to 47 percent. The poll was conducted October 19 through October 21, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.

The race was deadlocked at 49 percent in the same poll two weeks ago. That poll was conducted October 3 through October 6, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.

See the latest state and national polls

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, is expected to hold a rally in Troy, Ohio. She spoke to voters at three events Tuesday, with McCain joining her at two of them.

A CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Tuesday showed Obama with a 4-point lead in Ohio. The poll was conducted October 19 through October 21 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Palin is then scheduled to travel to Beaver, Pennsylvania for a rally. The McCain campaign is increasingly focusing on the state, which carries 21 electoral votes. McCain held rallies in the state on Tuesday and visited the state twice last week.


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October 22nd, 2008
05:01 AM ET
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ON THE TRAIL: Wednesday Oct. 22nd, 2008

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CNN) - Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama pays a visit to Virginia Wednesday and the Republican presidential ticket plans to campaign in Ohio.

Obama is scheduled to appear at rallies in Richmond and Leesburg, Virginia, where early voting began a week ago.

Penny Gross, a supervisor of Mason District, located in the northern Virginia county of Fairfax, said she was taken back by the turnout. "I was pleasantly surprised by the crowd, surprised at the variety and quite frankly, the numbers," she said.

Read the full story on early voting across the country

A recent CNN/Time/Opinion Research poll in Virginia showed Obama leading McCain by 10 points, 53 percent to 43 percent. The poll, conducted October 11 through October 14, had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.

Joe Biden, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, continues his bus tour through Colorado, a critical battleground state. He's scheduled to hold rallies in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. On Tuesday, Biden visited Greeley in the northeastern part of the state and Commerce City, located near Denver.

McCain is scheduled to begin his day meeting voters in Manchester, New Hampshire. A CNN Poll of Polls released Tuesday showed Obama leading McCain 52 percent to 44 percent in the state. The polls were conducted October 3 through October 19.

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He then heads to Ohio, where's he's scheduled to appear at rallies in Green and Cincinnati.

Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is expected to join him at those rallies after campaigning in Findlay, Ohio, earlier in the day.

The most recent CNN Poll of Polls in Ohio showed Obama with a three-point edge over McCain, 48 percent to 45 percent. The polls were conducted October 4 through October 19.

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October 21st, 2008
04:56 AM ET
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ON THE TRAIL: Tuesday Oct. 21st, 2008

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(CNN) - Republican presidential nominee John McCain is not giving up on Pennsylvania despite recent polls that suggest he has a lot of ground to make up during the next two weeks.

He plans to campaign there Tuesday, holding rallies in Bensalem, Harrisburg and Moon Township. The swing through the state comes on the heels of a visit to Blue Bell on Tuesday last week, Downingtown on Thursday, and a couple of visits to Philadelphia during the past few days.

The two presidential tickets have visited the state more than 30 times since June 8, according to a CNN count.

The most recent CNN poll of polls in Pennsylvania showed Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama leading McCain 53 percent to 40 percent. The polls were conducted October 3 through October 19.

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Obama's schedule calls for rallies in Lake Worth and Miami, Florida. On Monday, he spoke at a rally in Tampa and was joined by New York Senator Hillary Clinton at another rally in Orlando.

The state, which carries 27 electoral votes, began its early voting period Monday.

Following a series of rallies on Monday in nearby Colorado, Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, will be campaigning in Nevada. She's expected to hold rallies in Reno and Henderson.

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Early voting began in Nevada on Saturday, October 18, and continues through October 31.

In Clark County, where more than 70 percent of Nevada's population lives, more than 45,000 people voted during the weekend, the county's registrar of voters, Harvard L. Lomax, told the Las Vegas Sun Monday.

Of that number, more than half were Democratic voters, Lomax said. More than 11,000 were Republican voters and just over 7,000 voters had no party affiliation.

Nearly 12,000 votes were mailed in, he said. Nearly 5,400 of the mail-in votes were Republican, more than 4,900 were Democratic, and just over 1,500 had no party affiliation.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden is scheduled to begin a bus tour in Colorado. He's expected to meet voters in Greeley and Commerce City.

A recent CNN poll of polls in the state showed Obama with a six-point lead over McCain. The polls were conducted October 8 through October 14.


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October 20th, 2008
05:05 AM ET
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ON THE TRAIL: Monday Oct. 20th, 2008

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CNN) - Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama will be in Florida Monday, when the state begins its early voting period.

He is scheduled to campaign in Tampa and Orlando, located along the Interstate 4 corridor, a region key to both candidates' strategies for winning the state. New York Senator Hillary Clinton is expected to campaign with Obama in Orlando.

The most recent CNN Poll of Polls for the state showed Obama leading Republican presidential nominee John McCain by three points, 49 percent to 46 percent. The polls were conducted October 4 through October 15.

McCain plans to visit Missouri, making stops in St. Charles, Columbia and Belton.

A recent CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll showed McCain with a one-point advantage in the state. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, which renders McCain's lead statistically insignificant. The poll was conducted October 11 through October 14.

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Meanwhile, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is scheduled to make a swing through two Western states crucial to the GOP's hopes of holding onto the White House.

She campaigns in Reno, Nevada, and Colorado, holding rallies in Loveland, Grand Junction and Colorado Springs.

Recent CNN Poll of Polls suggest Obama has an advantage among voters in both states.

He has a four-point advantage in Nevada, 49 percent to 45 percent. Those polls were conducted September 28 through October 9.

Obama leads McCain by six points in Colorado, 50 percent to 44 percent. The polls were conducted October 8 through October 14.


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October 17th, 2008
05:43 AM ET
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ON THE TRAIL: Friday Oct. 17th, 2008

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(CNN) – Republican presidential nominee John McCain plans to campaign in Florida Friday, while his Democratic opponent, Barack Obama, will pay a visit to Virginia.

McCain’s schedule includes a rally in Miami and Melbourne, Florida. The most recent CNN Poll of Polls showed that he has ground to make up in the state. Obama leads McCain by four points, 49 percent to 45 percent. The polls were conducted October 4 through October 14.

Florida begins its early voting period on Monday, October 20.

Obama, scheduled to attend a rally in Roanoke, Virginia, is hoping to pick off a state that hasn’t backed a Democrat for president in 44 years.

A CNN/Time/Opinion Research poll released Wednesday indicated a 10-point lead for Obama, 53 percent to 43 percent. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

An update of the CNN Electoral College map Wednesday moved Virginia and its 13 electoral votes from the category of a tossup state to a state that is leaning toward Obama.

Interactive: The CNN Electoral Map

Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, is scheduled to hold rallies in West Chester, Ohio and Noblesville, Indiana.

The Democratic ticket has visited Indiana six times since June 8, according to a CNN count. During the same period, the GOP ticket has made one visit.

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Democrats have won Indiana just once during a presidential election in the last 70 years, so the Republicans’ focus on other states is not surprising.

But, the most recent CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll in the Hoosier state showed McCain with only a five-point lead, 51 percent to 46 percent. The poll, conducted October 3 through October 6, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points

Election Tracker: See all the latest polls

Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden is scheduled to make a swing through the Southwest, holding rallies in Messilla, New Mexico and Henderson, Nevada.

Nevada is a tossup state, according to a CNN analysis of the electoral map. A CNN Poll of Polls in that state had Obama leading 49 percent to 45 percent. The polls were conducted September 28 through October 9.


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October 16th, 2008
07:04 AM ET
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ON THE TRAIL: Thursday Oct. 16th, 2008

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Rallies, talk shows and a dinner

(CNN) – Both presidential candidates are scheduled to attend the Alfred E. Smith dinner in New York City today.

Prior to the dinner, Republican presidential nominee John McCain is expected to attend a rally in Downington, Pennsylvania. The most recent CNN Poll of Polls in the state shows McCain trailing Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama 52 percent to 40 percent. The polls were conducted October 3 through October 12, 2008.

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He is also expected to appear on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” making up for an earlier cancellation that left the talk show host fuming.

Obama is scheduled to attend a rally in Londonderry, New Hampshire, a state that is increasingly trending to his advantage. The most recent CNN Poll of Polls there showed him leading 51 percent to 42 percent. The polls were conducted September 25 through October 8.

Sarah Palin, the GOP vice presidential nominee, has a busy day ahead of her. She is expected to hold a media interview in Manchester, New Hampshire, hold a rally in Bangor, Maine, and then travel to Elon and Greensboro, North Carolina.

The Republican ticket is slipping in North Carolina. The Southern state has voted for a Republican candidate in nine of the last 10 presidential elections. But, a weak economy and shifting demographics have put the state in play. A recent CNN/Time/Opinion Research poll showed the race there deadlocked at 49 percent. The poll was conducted October 3-6.

Maine is one of two states in the country that splits its electoral votes according to the statewide and congressional district popular vote. Two of the state’s electoral votes go to the statewide winner. One electoral vote is given to the winner of each of the state’s two congressional districts.

Bangor is located in the state’s 2nd congressional district. President Bush lost the district by one percentage point in 2000 and by about 6 percentage points in 2004.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden is traveling to Los Angeles, taping appearances on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and the “Ellen Degeneres Show.”

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With the last Presidential Debate now behind them, Obama and McCain are scheduled to speak tonight at the Alfred E. Smith dinner, a political tradition that dates back to 1945. It honors the first Catholic ever nominated for President and was begun by Francis J. Spellman, the Archbishop of Archdiocese of New York’s Roman Catholic Archdiocese at the time.

Al Smith, a former New York governor, was the Democratic presidential nominee in 1928. The dinner raises money for charitable causes and has featured many luminaries through the years, including several U.S. presidents and nominees, other political leaders, businessmen and in 1947 via telephone, Winston Churchill, The British Prime Minister during World War II.


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