The Note: It's Not Whether You Win or Lose, It's How You Play the Game

The forecast for Orlando, FL is partly cloudy and warm.

The forecast for Michigan is cool with a chance of showers.

The forecast for Wisconsin is partly cloudy and cool.

The forecast for Minnesota is cool with a chance of showers.

The forecast for Nevada is mostly clear and mild.

The forecast for New Mexico is partly cloudy and cool.

The forecast for Colorado is partly cloudy and cool.

And it's always nice in Hawaii!

ABC News Vote 2004: Florida:

"Overwhelming numbers of Broward County Democrats have turned out to vote early in next week's election in what analysts say could be a bad sign for President Bush's chances to win the state," the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports. LINK

"Sen. John Kerry's campaign has pressed hard to get voters to the polls early in Broward's Democratic strongholds, knowing it must run up huge numbers here to offset Republican areas in Northern and Central Florida. As of Thursday morning, more than twice as many Democrats as Republicans had either voted at early voting sites or returned absentee ballots in the county."

The New York Times' Alessandra Stanley looks at the slamming by political ads the Miami voters are getting -- 1,100 spots in the last week in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale -- and writes that "practically the only escape from election unease on television is to watch ESPN or the Cartoon Network." LINK

If you're looking to vote early in Central Florida, get to the polls early. LINK

Adam Smith of the St. Pete Times curtain-raises Bush and Kerry's Tampa rallies on Sunday. LINK

We could send you the rest of the links ourselves, but why not get 'em from the source: LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Hawaii:

For a non-battleground state, Hawaii is getting a bunch of last-minute attention. With their four electoral votes potentially in play, Hawaiians will be bombarded this weekend by present and former vice presidents.

Former Vice President Al Gore is tentatively scheduled to be there today with Alexandra Kerry for a 7 p.m. local (1 a.m. ET) event in Honolulu. They will be joined by Democrats Rep. Neil Abercrombie, and likely, Sens. Inouye and Akaka.

Current Vice President Cheney will be heading to the capital of the Aloha state himself Sunday for an 11 p.m. local time event (4 a.m. ET).

Al Gore won Hawaii in 2000 by a very safe 55.8%-37.5%.

The Honolulu Advertiser posted the announcement of Cheney's event at 4:49 p.m. local, saying "The 11 p.m. event is aimed at boosting Republican turnout in the Islands and appealing to undecided voters before Tuesday's election." LINK

An "Urgent" link on the news page of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin's home page announces Cheney's impending visit, and the paper reports "Bush campaign chairman Ken Mehlman announced the Cheney trip in a telephone call to Gov. Linda Lingle in front of news media." LINK

Buried at the bottom of that alert is the impending visit of Alexandra Kerry. No mention of Al Gore's plans.

Yesterday's Honolulu Star-Bulletin wrote up the DNC's Hawai'i-customized ad that hit airwaves. LINK

So, the question going into this weekend is: if Hawaii is really as close as these to papers and local sources believe it to be (because local sources from both sides of the aisle insist the newspaper polls could be underestimating Bush's lead there), who is going to make more of an impact on Hawaii voters -- Vice President Cheney or Vice President Gore?

ABC News Vote 2004: Pennsylvania:

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