The Note: This Gun's for Hire

Bob Novak's column cited above questions whether Al-Qaqaa can move the "security mom" vote. LINK

(Novak botches the NBC narrative, however.)

USA Today 's Keen and Lawrence on the sparring. LINK (And Mark Memmott chimes in on how the media gets used on the matter. LINK)

The Chicago Tribune's ed board suggests that "when the embarrassing story breaks late, there's usually a reason." LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Bush vs. Kerry:

"Kerry's spots, on average, are getting seen by more TV viewers in Ohio and Florida in the closing days of a tight election than President Bush's. When ads from parties and outside groups are factored in, the data show, the two sides are roughly at parity in the paid TV combat for the 47 electoral votes in the two states," writes Nick Anderson of the Los Angeles Times. LINK

The Las Vegas Review-Journal Notes that Clinton's Sin City rally is within walking distance of an early voting site. LINK

Nancy Benac on the extensive early voting around the country. LINK

Brian C. Mooney of the Boston Globe looks out how exceptionally high voter turnout is messing with the tea leaves. LINK

The Boston Globe 's Sennott and Liebowitz report from London that turnout of overseas voters is expected to be way up. "There are no reliable statistics on how many of the 3.5 million to 7 million Americans living overseas have registered to vote. But informed estimates in Europe and elsewhere suggest that up to three times as many voters are registering for this election as in previous years." LINK

Tom Friedman laments the loss of the moderate middle in politics. LINK

Frank Rich writes that the election comes down to who offers more entertainment value for the next four years — more bang for the vote, as it were. LINK

The Wall Street Journal 's Rogers and Hitt focus on the battle over the Midwest, and how voters are weighing values against the economy. LINK

The New York Times ' David Rosenbaum fact checks Bush and Kerry on stem cells. LINK

The Wall Street Journal 's Greg Hitt looks at the tactic of "taking on the liberal media" in trying to motivate the Republican base. LINK

Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby, referring to the message depicted with former President Bill Clinton on the trail with Senator Kerry this week, writes, "And there in a nutshell is the choice in this election: forward with Bush into a difficult future or backward with Kerry to the familiar ways of the past. It would be an easy decision, except for one thing: The familiar ways of the past led to Sept. 11." LINK

Former GE CEO Jack Welch offers up a bit of a voters guide on the Wall Street Journal op-ed page. LINK

A new Washington Post poll of Latino voters shows that by a 2 to 1 margin they believe the war in Iraq was not worth fighting — the same ratio that they favor Kerry over Bush. LINK

It's not easy being a pollster, the Washington Post 's Richard Morin Notes. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: ballotwatch: Florida:

Did you know … . That absentee ballot counting starts tomorrow in Florida?

And Republicans say they worry that Democrats will aggressively challenge overseas and military ballots. The Democrats deny they plan to challenge anyone.

"We are planning no election day or canvassing board challenges," said Kerry spokeswoman Christine Anderson.

Broward County will re-mail about 76,000 missing absentee ballots, the Miami Herald reports. LINK

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