The Note: This Gun's for Hire

Senate candidate Ken Salazar's campaign bus — "brimming with doughnuts, chips, soda, candy and an apple" is making way across Colorado. LINK

"Almost twice as many Coloradans 18 to 24 registered to vote in 2004 than in 2000, according to state records," writes the Denver Post. "The 115,000 new young voters this year are mostly without party identity: Those unaffiliated outnumber Republicans or Democrats by a nearly 2-to-1 ratio." LINK

Voters in Colorado are casting their ballots "on some of the newest — and oldest — technology available," reports the Denver Post. LINK

"It's a lie-and-win-now strategy. Pay later, if at all," says a Democratic leader in Colorado, accusing Republican leaders of wrongdoing. LINK

The pros and cons of Amendment 36. LINK

As of Tuesday night 503,246 Coloradans had cast ballots — breaking down as 217,237 early voters, 284,251 absentee voters, and 1,758 provisional-ballot voters — according to secretary of state spokeswoman Lisa Doran. LINK

Early voting has exceeded 2000 figures and 2004 expectations. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Michigan:

The New York Times ' Johnny Apple writes that Michigan is back in play late in the game, with usual last-minute tightening drawing both Bush and Kerry back to the state. Kerry's going to Detroit on Saturday, Apple Notes. LINK

Nader-Camejo:

Franklin County employees in Pennsylvania spent several hours Wednesday evening, blacking out Ralph Nader's name on election ballots. LINK AND LINK

The Dallas Morning News looks at the Nader-spoiler thing, with this pithy quote by Nader spokesman Kevin Zeese, "You shouldn't have to vote for someone you don't believe in." LINK

A look at the die hard Nader supporters of South Florida. LINK

Is Libertarian Michael Badnarik 2004's Ralph Nader? LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: the Senate:

The Washington Post 's Dewar and Connolly on Inez Tenenbaum's "surprising strength" in her race against Rep. Jim DeMint for Senate in South Carolina. LINK

A Tampa TV station goes after Mel Martinez for using footage from a debate it sponsored in new ad. LINK

The Wall Street Journal 's Jim Carlton looks at the Alaska Senate race. LINK

Politics:

Susan (not Sarah as The Note has incorrectly identified her. Sorry, Susan.) Milligan Notes Senator Ted Kennedy's lurking in the shadows of the presidential and other races this year — "reclaiming his place as the liberal ghost that haunts Republican nightmares from House races to Senate campaigns to the battle for the White House." LINK

The Washington Post 's Judy Sarasohn on the increasing wealth and influence of the American Indian lobby. LINK

Media:

Paul Schwartzman on the voices behind the ads. LINK

The New York Times ' Jim Rutenberg looks at blogs' role in critiquing the coverage of the campaign. LINK

TODAY'S SCHEDULE (all times ET):

—9:10 am: President Bush holds a rally at the Dow Event Center, Saginaw, MI

—9:15 am: Sen. John Kerry attends a rally at the University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

—9:15 am: Vanessa Kerry holds a GOTV rally at Sanborn Regional High School, Kingston, NH

—10:00 am: Diane Kerry, Anne Lewis, and actresses Ashley Judd, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and others hold a rally on behalf of the Kerry-Edwards ticket at Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter, FL

—10:30 am: Vanessa Kerry stops by her father's campaign headquarters, Dover, NH

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