ABC News' The Note: First Source for Political News

The Chicago Sun-Times' Debra Pickett writes up a study by two political science professors from Michigan State who claim that more people who are worried about terrorism are likely to support Sen. Kerry than President Bush. They'll present their study to the American Political Science Association meeting in Chicago on Sept. 2. LINK

Jeff Zeleny and Jill Zuckman of the Chicago Tribune look at the dueling trips out West by the presidential candidates this week. LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Kathleen Hennessey takes a look at the targeting of unreliable voters. LINK

"Typically referred to as nonvoters, unregistered and infrequent voters were often ignored by pollsters and strategists, who preferred to invest time and dollars reaching the voters who were most likely to show up at the polls on election day."

"With polls in key states deadlocked, campaign bank accounts flush and most likely voters leaning toward a candidate, the two major parties and like-minded groups say they are willing to look for new targets."

The Washington Post 's Tom Edsall reports: "A group financed by a major Republican contributor has begun running radio ads in about a dozen cities, many in battleground states, attacking Sen. John F. Kerry as "rich, white and wishy-washy" and mocking his wife for boasting of her African roots." LINK

But the buy so far, Edsall reports, is only $70,000.

ABC News Vote 2004: The Big Four: Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Wisconsin:

Quinnipiac Florida numbers out this morning: Kerry 47 Bush 41 Nader 4

Aug. 5-10 — 1,094 registered voters — +/- 3% margin of error

Bush's favorables went down (as did his approval rating) since the June poll, Kerry's went up. On issues — Kerry outperforms Bush on the job he would do with the economy and health care. And as we've also seen elsewhere, Bush outperforms Kerry on handling terrorism (50-41) and statistically insignificantly edges out the Democrat on Iraq (48-45).

Q-poll June 29 numbers: Kerry 43 Bush 43 Nader 5

The Cincinnati Enquirer's lead story on its Web site opens like this: "About 60 Ohio steelworkers and their supporters protested outside the federal courthouse in Cincinnati Wednesday morning. Inside, a federal appeals court was considering a case that could decide whether 2,500 workers get shutdown pensions after their mills went bankrupt." LINK

More from the Enquirer's Gregory Korte: "The confrontation brought the rust-belt economic issues facing northern Ohio to Cincinnati, if only for one day. And while the legal arguments turned on a narrow issue of when the pension plan was shut down, the protest outside took on broader issues of Ohio's economy in a presidential election year."

The Columbus Dispatch's Anna Michael reports, "A federally funded campaign urging Americans to buy their prescription drugs strictly from pharmacies in the United States has been extended to Ohio." LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: the battlegrounds:

A mathematically-precise prose formula battleground papers seem to be following:

"(Insert candidate name) is coming to (insert name of battleground state) on (insert date), proving the importance of (re-insert name of battleground state) as a battleground in this year's presidential election."

Here's one good example about John Edwards coming to Minnesota. LINK

Now readers at home, you try it too …

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