Election Recycling: We're Gonna Have to Come Up with a New Name

please seriously go voteFINALLY, JUDGMENT DAY


Candidates lack momentum but confidence abounds. Pennsylvania tightens; BC04 has eyes on New Mexico; KE04 expect to win New Hampshire, Michigan; high turnout would favor Kerry; 5m votes already cast in battleground states. [WP, USAT, LAT, WSJ, BG, BG]

Bush adavisors privately concerned with lack of momentum and prospect of high turnout. Official: "Karl [Rove] is a big believer in the bandwagon effect, but there has been nothing over the past week for the president to use it to turn it around." McKinnon: "Everybody's nervous. [Bush] has a total Zen attitude about it." Bartlett: "I think people are trying to keep themselves distracted." Bush campaigns for 19 hours, to stop in Ohio again today. [WP, NYT, USAT, LAT]

Federal appeals court allows Republicans to challenge voters in Ohio; thousands of monitors from both sides expected at the polls. [NYT, USAT, LAT]

Shrum: "They believe that saying they're going to win helps you win. I do believe we're going to win." Kerry ends on positive note: "This is the moment of accountability for the Americans, and it is the moment where the world is watching what you are going to do. All of the hopes and dreams of our country are on the line today." [WP, NYT, LAT]

Parities prepared for every contingency. Republican lawyer: "If it's close, we'll be right back to where we were four years ago. It may not be the same issues, or the states, but there will be plenty of problems for lawyers and campaigns to fight about." [WP]

Cheney spends two hours in Hawaii: "Some candidates may take Hawaii for granted -- President Bush and I take it seriously." [WP, LAT]

Kerry, Edwards bring out Stevie Wonder, Springsteen, Jimmy Buffett. [USAT]

Edwards nostagic, grinning. [LAT]

Breakdown of the six big battleground states. [LAT]

Pressure is on the ground effort. [BG]

And it still looks like 2000. [BG]

Ohio: KE04, BE04, and ACT close to the end. [WP]

Strong turnout expected. [NYT, WP]

Florida: Ready, with fingers crossed. [NYT]

Florida: Coattails cut in all directions; Castor keeps distance from Kerry while Martinez aids Bush. [WSJ]

Florida: 2000 on the mind. [BG]

Wisconsin: Ad overload. [BG]

Some blacks hide their support of Bush. [WSJ]

Election clerks on the offensive. [WSJ, WSJ]

675,000 campaign ads behind us. [LAT]

At least early voting was problem-free. [USAT]

Colorado: Secretary of state takes leave to attend to family emergency; deputy to oversee election. [NYT, LAT]

Networks pledge caution, Slate will post exit polls. Chris Matthews: "I'll go into the Socratic zone and keep asking questions and hope that nobody on the panel will giggle it away. If somebody says something that I think is revelatory, I'll try do what they did on Indian footpaths - I will rub away with my stick to make the footprints disappear." [NYT, NYT, USAT, BG, WT]

In final count, 60 newspapers shifted endorsement from Bush; Kerry wins overall count. [WP]

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