The Note: Literally in Denial

The AP reports that Tom Coburn "declined to comment" Wednesday on the comments by Speaker Hastert that Coburn "'probably'" wouldn't win the Oklahoma Senate race. LINK

The AP's Rachel D'Oro reports that Senator Murkowski "is the Republican most in danger of losing her seat." LINK

Roll Call 's Chris Cillizza reports that the "most expensive race from July 1 to Sept. 30" was North Carolina, where "upwards of $12 million was spent" by Burr and Bowles. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: the House:

The Washington Post 's David Finkel takes an in-depth look at the race in Connecticut's 2nd congressional district between Republican incumbent Rep. Rob Simmons and his Democratic challenger, Jim Sullivan, where the war in Iraq has taken center stage. LINK

Sinclair Broadcast Group:

"Sinclair Broadcast, whose stock price has been battered over its plans to broadcast a documentary critical of Senator John Kerry, gained back some ground on Wall Street yesterday after it appeared to reduce how much of the film it would show," reports the New York Times ' Bill Carter. LINK

Politics:

The Washington Post 's Evelyn Nieves takes a very interesting look at the Oglala Lakota Sioux in South Dakota, Noting that despite candidates' — and even Presidents' — visits, "skepticism of campaign pledges runs deep in Indian country, given the government's history of broken promises." LINK

Chief White House usher Gary Walters got a jump-start on the holiday season when he chose a tree farm in Olympia, Washington for the White House and Camp David Christmas trees. LINK

TODAY'S SCHEDULE (all times ET):

—6:45 am: Sen. John Kerry goes geese hunting, Poland, OH

—9:00 am: AEI-Brookings hosts a discussion on "How Would George W. Bush Govern a Second Term?" Washington, DC

—9:40 am: Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle casts his vote early rather than voting on Election Day at the Madison City Clerk's office, Madison, WI

—10:00 am: The American Muslim Task Force Political Action Committee holds a news conference to announce its decision about endorsement of a presidential

candidate at the National Press Club, Washington, DC

—10:30 am: Political and agricultural analyst and reporter for the National Journal Jerry Hagstrom hosts a briefing about the rural vote at the Foreign Press Center, Washington, DC

—10:50 am: Sen. John Edwards holds a "Fresh Start for America" community gathering at the Muscatine High School Gymnasium, Muscatine, IA

—11:15 am: Elizabeth Edwards attends a town hall meeting at UAW Local 72 Hall, Kenosha, WI

—12:00 pm: Laura Bush speaks at a rally at the Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon, NH

—12:30 pm: The Democracy Media Project and others screen the film, "Votergate," and host a panel discussion on what Americans can do to protect their voting rights at the National Press Club, Washington, DC

—1:00 pm: Vice President Cheney participates in a Victory 2004 rally at the Sylvania Tam-O-Shanter Sports Complex, Sylvania, OH

—1:15 pm: Sen. Elizabeth Dole holds a front porch chat on behalf of President Bush at the Fritz residence, Ft. Meyers, FL

—1:30 pm: Sen. Kerry speaks about restoring America's leadership in science and innovation at the Columbus Athenaeum, Columbus, OH

—1:45 pm: President Bush speaks about medical liability reform and health care at the United Sports Training Center, Downingtown, PA

—1:45 pm: Laura Bush speaks at a W Stands for Women rally at the Hopkinton Town Hall, Hopkinton, NH

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