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Jim Tankersley of the Rocky Mountain News reports Bush and Kerry are running "shoulder to shoulder" in Colorado according to a new Rocky Mountain News/News 4 poll that argues Colorado should not be taken off the list of battleground states. The numbers show the POTUS leads the Senator by a mere point — 45 percent to 44 among Coloradans — "8 points less than Bush's lead in April and well within the new poll's margin of error." Six percent are still undecided. Nader polls at three percent, though there is still some dispute over whether his name will appear on the Nov. 2 ballot. LINK

Prop 200 in Arizona is causing a major stir among religious denominations and faith groups, reports the Arizona Republic. LINK

The Arizona Daily Star alleges that a Kerry-Edwards ad misstates the cost of Iraq. LINK

"Among 574 Arab Americans, a poll conducted by Lansing-based EPIC/MRA poll showed Kerry with a 58-21 percent lead over Bush with Nader getting 9 percent. The poll, taken Sept. 9-15, has a margin of error of 4.4 percent," reports the Detroit Free Press' Kathleen Gray. LINK

Charlie Cain of the Detroit News writes, "Wearing ponytails, jeans and wide smiles, the 22-year-old twin daughters of President Bush scored a hit in their first joint campaign visit to Michigan Thursday." LINK

"The trip to New Mexico on Thursday was Kerry's fifth trip to the state this year," reports the Albuquerque Journal. LINK

The Des Moines Register 's Lynn Campbell finds problems with the availability of voter registration information. LINK

Campbell also reports the list was used improperly by a local weekly. LINK

William Petroski reports on the taxpayers' burden of battleground state security. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: ad traffic summary, 9/17/04:

AD TRAFFIC HIGHLIGHTS:

BC04 launches a new ad Friday morning attacking Kerry's supposed plans for taxes on small businesses. KE04 launched a new ad on health care on Thursday and launches a new ad Friday morning knocking Cheney's Halliburton connections. There are now at least four different ads on the airwaves talking about the war in Iraq: one pro-Bush by the Progress for America Voter Fund and three anti-Bush by the DNC, MoveOn.org PAC, and (a small buy starting Monday from) the newly formed Fight Back Campaign (a new 527). There are at least two different ads on the airwaves about Bush and Kerry during the Vietnam era: one anti-Kerry by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and one anti-Bush by the Texans for Truth. The Media Fund announced this past week a trio of ads targeting African American voters in selected markets.

ABC News Vote 2004: casting and counting:

Prof. Jeanne Cummings' opus on how both parties are preparing for election day includes these choice morsels:

"No one is publicly predicting that this year's election will end up in the courts like the 2000 presidential election, which ultimately was settled by the Supreme Court. But in a closely fought race and with a divided electorate, both parties are planning to keep close tabs on election procedures and pounce on perceived irregularities as a wedge to gain an edge. Complications this year — including an expected surge in early voting, new elections systems in some areas and large numbers of military voters overseas — add to potential areas of conflict." LINK

"Both parties say their experiences in 2000 taught them that sophisticated turnout operations can take a back seat to legal arguments."

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