Hallet and Craig of the Columbus Dispatch provide these excellent nuggets for you election night analyst types. LINK
"In 2000, Bush piled up a 22-point advantage against Democrat Al Gore in southwestern Ohio en route to a 3.6-point statewide victory. In the last 10 presidential elections, Republican presidential nominees have averaged beating their Democratic counterparts in southwestern Ohio by 20 points."
The Columbus Dispatch's Rowland and Riskind report that new voters, if they show up to the polls, can make all the difference in Ohio this year. LINK
"In Ohio ZIP codes where Gore took at least 70 percent of the vote, 163,000 new voters were added to the rolls this year -- double the total for the areas where Bush won 70 percent or more."
"Another way of looking at it: Of the 22 Ohio ZIP codes that show an increase of at least 5,000 voters this year, Gore carried 16 in 2000, including five in the Cleveland area where the vice president took more than 90 percent of the vote."
"Republicans need an unprecedented turnout of conservative voters in Southwest Ohio in record numbers to combat the hundreds of thousands of newly registered Democrats in the northern part of the state," write the Cincinnati Enquirer's Korte and Aldridge. LINK
A list of Republican and Democratic electors from Ohio, courtesy of the Associated Press. LINK
The Washington Post's Roig-Franzia and Russakoff on pre-election problems in Florida. LINK
Early voting and electronic machines may give us an early, accurate look at where things stand in Florida. LINK
A good look at how one county is preparing for challengers. LINK
Several dozen absentee ballots have already been contested in Palm Beach County. LINK
The New York Times' Michael Moss looks at some late negative signs in Iowa for President Bush, Noting that "The tight race here could slip into legal warfare as soon as 6 a.m. Monday, when election officials in numerous counties begin unwrapping completed absentee ballots in preparation for counting." LINK
Voters in Iowa look past Tuesday's election to healing their divided state, Notes the Des Moines Register. LINK
Cheney blasts Kerry one day after the Des Moines Register Poll shows Kerry leading the state 48-45 LINK
Edwards passes out candy, stumps in Waterloo, reports Jeffery Patch of the Des Moines Register LINK
David Yepsen of the Des Moines Register writes that Kerry is in a good position to win Iowa, Noting "Some 27 percent of likely voters have already voted. Kerry carried 52 percent of them, Bush captured only 41 percent. LINK
Final Minnesota visits by Sen. Edwards and other surrogates are detailed in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Also in this pre-election round-up is a look at final ads. "A wave of new television ads cropped up over the weekend after a Vietnam veterans group critical of Kerry's wartime service bought $500,000 of airtime in Minnesota alone for the final three days of the campaign. The Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth have spent $19.5 million nationwide questioning Kerry's service and his decision to speak out against the war after having fought in it." LINK
The front page of the Pioneer Press is almost its own GOTV effort. All voting questions answered. LINK
The Pioneer Press' Stassen-Berger looks at the last-minute ad blitz and the reasons for it. LINK