ABC News' The Note: First Source for Political News

In his wrap of the windsurf ads, the Washington Post 's Howard Kurtz writes of Kerry's plan: "Many critics have said that his suggestions to recruit more global allies and step up the training of Iraqis, which is underway, would have little impact on the violence there." LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: the battlegrounds: Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin:

Unless the SCOFLA rules otherwise, provisional ballots in Florida will not count unless voters show up to the right precinct. IF — and that's a big if — this issue is settled before Election Day, it will reduce the chances of a potentially protracted post-election legal war about provisionals in Florida.

See: LINK Says the Orlando Sentinel: "Since January, registration among people 18 to 24 years old has jumped by at least one-third, or more than 55,000 new young voters, and likely more in the eight counties from Daytona Beach to St. Petersburg. Counties such as Orange more than doubled their numbers of youthful voters." LINK

The proposal to wage the minimum wage in Florida is generating a healthy about of debate: LINK Florida poll numbers! What a novel idea. Quinnipiac University has a poll out this morning that shows President Bush leading John Kerry by eight points (49 — 41) among registered voters in the Sunshine State LINK

need to know about the status of the Ohio ballot initiative aimed at amending the constitution to ban same sex marriages in the Buckeye State. LINK "If Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell does not invalidate 11,047 supplemental petitions by midnight, it appears that Ohioans to Protect Marriage will have enough signatures to place the issue on the statewide ballot," writes Leonard.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's team of Thomma and Kuhnhenn report that Kerry has a problem with women. LINK

Wisconsin is proving an uphill battle for the Kerry campaign, both in terms of image and organization, according to two new surveys.

The new ABC News poll of Wisconsin, conducted Sept. 16-19, brings good news for President Bush, whose Badger State ground game is proving impressive in contacting voters and painting a positive picture of him as a leader and the person to handle terrorism and homeland security.

Bush leads Senator Kerry 53 percent to 43 percent among likely voters, and Ralph Nader — currently on the ballot there — gets 1 percent (54 percent to 44 percent in a head-to-head matchup). Among registered voters, the numbers break down 50-44-2 with Nader in the mix, and 51-45 with just Bush and Kerry. LINK Registered voters are 6 points more likely to have been contacted by BC04 than by KE04, the poll shows — 25 to 19 percent. Sixty percent of those who have gotten Bush calls are supporters, whereas Kerry enjoys the support of fewer than half of those his campaign has reached.

Iraq, however, remains a sticking point in Wisconsin; about half of registered voters say the war in Iraq wasn't worth fighting, and a bare majority (51 percent) is dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country, reports ABC News' Dalia Sussman.

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