The Note: This Gun's for Hire

The New York Times ' sun-kissed Adam Nagourney and Abby Goodnough take a good look at Florida, and the fact that the election and voting and how they're being conducted is dominating any issues that would arise during the campaign's closing days, Noting that the hurricanes might not have done BC04 much good in the Sunshine State, mostly keeping voters from seeing the rough coverage KE04 got this late summer and early fall. LINK

The Quinnipiac Poll out today shows Bush leading the Sunshine State 49-46 among likelies, margin of error +/- 3.2 percent. On Oct. 22, it was 48-47.

The Swift Boat Vets are up in Florida with a new $3.2 million ad buy, the Tampa Tribune reports. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Ohio:

Any of you who grew up in a suburb know the importance of the local weekly paper that tells you all you need to know about your community. Suburban News Publications with a total statewide readership of 281,000 (in 19 Ohio communities) has never before endorsed a presidential candidate, but this year they went for John Kerry. LINK

Based on the ground games, Al Hunt predicts a narrow Kerry victory in the Buckeye State. LINK

An Ohio mailbox will look quite different after the election has ended. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Pennsylvania:

After posting a five point lead last week in Quinnipiac University's poll of likely Pennsylvania voters, John Kerry has fallen two points behind (but well within the margin of error) of the president. Bush gets 49 percent while Kerry gets 47 percent. LINK

We have all now heard how voter registration numbers in the Keystone State are favoring the Democrats. The Philadelphia Inquirer's Infield and Emeno put it all into perspective. "Compared with 2000, when Pennsylvania gave Democratic candidate Vice President Al Gore a 204,840-vote margin over Bush, the Democratic registration has increased by 230,000 and the Republican numbers have increased by 135,670." LINK

"But a Democratic edge in registration does not, in itself, foretell victory for either Kerry or other Democrats in close races."

Thomas Fitzgerald profiles Pennsylvania and its political landscape in today's Philadelphia Inquirer. LINK

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Parmley describes the crowd at President Bush's stoke-the-base event yesterday in Lancaster County. "A euphoric crowd of about 25,000 packed into Lancaster Airport to see him. They included the Amish, teenage Republicans, stroller-pushing mothers and fathers, country-and-western fans, farmers, doctors, activists and veterans — all enthralled to see the president." LINK

While the POTUS was doing some base work in the eastern part of the state, the VPOTUS was in the southwestern region talking to conservatives. LINK

The Philadelphia Daily News' Brennan Notes the parade of surrogates coming in and out of Philadelphia this week. LINK

Senator Hillary Clinton was in swingin' Montgomery County yesterday attacking President Bush, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. LINK

P. Diddy was at Temple University in Philly yesterday working to get out the vote. LINK

Howard Dean was in Beaver County. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Iowa:

The New York Times ' Jodi Wilgoren looks at Kerry in Iowa, courting voters to come through for him again. LINK

Tom Beaumont of the Des Moines Register reports on Kerry's trip to Cedar Rapids yesterday where he pleaded for outreach to "the other side." LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Colorado:

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