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"It took about a week after the Democratic National Convention, but U.S. Sen. John Kerry picked up the bounce he was looking for in Michigan," writes the Detroit Free Press citing a poll of 600 Michigan residents taken Aug. 4-10, showing that Kerry is leading Bush, 49 percent to 42 percent. Independent candidate Ralph Nader has 3 percent support. LINK

The Detroit News wraps up Dick Cheney's fourth visit to Michigan this year, looks forward to John Edwards Great Lakes State visit on Friday, and declares Michigan a vice presidential battleground. LINK

Note to John Kerry: one way NOT to court voters is to have their cars towed by Secret Service. LINK

Kerry-Edwards Arizona communications director Sue Walitsky was turned away from attending the president Bush speech in Phoenix yesterday. LINK

Kerry State Director Doug Wilson had this to say in a statement: "I thought that a President was a president of all the people and that all had a right to listen regardless of political affiliation. I'm disappointed that doesn't seem to be the case."

Former Texas Gov. Ann Richards came to Portland, ME yesterday to rally female voters and to criticize President Bush for "putting ideology ahead of science" on the issue of stem cell research. LINK

"Kerry will headline a top-dollar fund-raiser in Seattle in two weeks, the start of what the campaign hopes will be a final push to raise $1.5 million more from Washington before Election Day," reports the Seattle Times' David Postman. LINK

The Las Vegas Review-Journal's headline: "Kerry vows to fight Yucca plan." LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: the Senate:

The Chicago Sun-Times' Abdon Pallasch writes that former Illinois Gov. James Thompson has said he will not endorse Alan Keyes for the Senate, because some of Keyes' positions make him "uncomfortable as a voter." LINK

"'I find it sad that the state central committee of the Republican Party could not find a Republican in Illinois to take this race on because we had a number willing to do so,' he said."

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Graeme Zielinski reports that Wisconsin Right to Life will challenge a provision of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law in court today because they want to run ads that mention Sen. Feingold. LINK

"Feingold, who called the lawsuit politically motivated and without merit, said he couldn't be happier for the attention to his signature effort."

Lauren W. Whittington of Roll Call calls Georgia's open-seat Senate contest a "historic November match up." LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: casting and counting:

Florida tested its voting machines yesterday, and there were no problems. Not even the Miami Herald could fine one. This is good news for the state. LINK

But … Teresa LePore's group in Palm Beach County mailed out absentee ballots with incorrect instructions on them. LINK

The Wall Street Journal 's Avery Johnson examines the fine line Democrats are trying to negotiate over their position on granting voting rights to felons. On one hand, supporting the restoration could help among African-American voters; on the other hand, they're trying to minimize Republican attacks, Johnson writes. LINK

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