The Note: From Your First Cigarette

In his look at politicians "preaching to their choirs" on the Sunday before the election, the Washington Post's Michael Grunwald writes that Rep. Ford and Sen. Obama "were suggesting to black churchgoers" in Nashville, TN on Sunday "that God wants Ford in the Senate." LINK

Casting and counting:

The Washington Post's Amy Goldstein and Peter Slevin report that election law experts "across the ideological spectrum" think the state "most ripe" for voting disputes "may well be Missouri." LINK

Indiana is predicted to have problems with voting machines because of Indiana's new voter-identification law and its first-ever statewide database that will make the state vulnerable in an especially close election season, Notes the Indianapolis Star's Theodore Kim. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's June Kronholz looks at the "new breed of watchdog" that will be out in force for Election Day. LINK

State polls:

USA Today/Gallup provides you polling in many of the key Senate races around the country: LINK

"Incumbent Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman holds a 50 -- 38 percent likely voter lead over Democratic candidate Ned Lamont, with 8 percent for Republican Alan Schlesinger," according to Quinnipiac University's latest poll.

"In the New Jersey Senate race, Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez has a 48 -- 43 percent likely voter lead over Republican State Sen. Tom Kean, Jr.," in the latest Quinnipiac University poll from the Garden State.

The political week ahead:

The week ahead remains very much in flux pending tomorrow's election results.

On Election Day, President Bush and Laura Bush vote in Crawford, TX at 10:30 am ET.

The Nation's other politically potent First Couple plan to vote together in Chappaqua, New York.

The President has no public schedule on Wednesday which always raises press conference suspicion among media types. The AFL-CIO holds a post-election news conference at 12:30 pm ET at their Washington, DC headquarters. AARP hosts a discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, DC at 2:30 pm ET called "Moving Forward: Midterm Election Results and the New Congress," with Charlie Cook of National Journal and the Cook Political Report; Chuck Todd of The Hotline; Mike McCurry, former press secretary for President Clinton; Mark McKinnon, media adviser to President Bush; and Ed Goeas, president and CEO of the Terrance Group.

Also on Wednesday, Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) attends the Detroit Regional Chamber's annual Small Business Conference at the Ford Conference & Event Center in Dearborn, MI.

On Thursday, Stan Greenburg of Democracy Corps presents "a major post-election poll" at 1:00 p.m. ET at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

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