The Note: Desperate Times . . .

And Ohio: "Ohio is quickly slipping from Sen. John McCain's hands, and without the state's 20 electoral votes, there is virtually no way the Republican can find his way to the White House," Joseph Curl writes in the Washington Times.

Helping in Ohio: "Springsteen's appearance came on the eve of today's deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election. It is also the last day for people to register and vote at the same time; early voting will continue until the election. Obama's campaign has pushed to get voters -- especially younger voters and African-Americans -- registered in time to cast absentee ballots," Alan Johnson writes for the Columbus Dispatch.

(The Boss hits Michigan Monday -- following Jay-Z's appearance over the weekend.)

And Nevada: "Last week, as the economy slipped further toward recession, the momentum seemed to be shifting in places such as Nevada, a swing state that went for George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004 and has been seen as promising turf for Senator John McCain for months," Lisa Wangsness writes in The Boston Globe. "With the highest foreclosure rate in the nation, a tourism industry damaged by rising food and energy prices, and an unemployment rate at a 23-year high, Nevada is, according to polls, edging Obama's way."

And New Hampshire? "Thinking we had the old McCain, we gave him a decisive victory in our primary that permitted him to vanquish those challengers. But he betrayed us," filmmaker Ken Burns writes in the Manchester Union-Leader. "If you have to say you're a maverick in your ads, it's clear you're not. The real maverick turns out to be Barack Obama, who bucked his party's establishment and whose once-lonely positions have been adopted by nearly everyone including even the Bush administration. Nearly everyone, that is, except John McCain."

And, basically, everywhere: "A review of the most recent polling data from 12 key states -- where the race for the White House will almost certainly be decided -- shows a dramatic shift toward Democrat Barack Obama in the last two weeks," David Saltonstall writes in the New York Daily News.

"The McCain campaign's initial plan to win Michigan, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire -- swing states that all went for Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry in 2004 -- has been shelved. Now extra reinforcements have been sent to shore up traditional Republican strongholds, such as Virginia, Colorado and New Mexico, against newly registered and energized Democrats," ABC's Russell Goldman reports.

They're still steaming in Michigan (a decision Palin herself doesn't quite get): "He has given up on our State? What a total and complete crock of crap. Again, I think McCain owes the Republicans and the People of Michigan a HUGE APOLOGY. SOON!" writes Jack Waldvogel, Chairman of the Emmet County GOP, in a message obtained by Politico's Jonathan Martin.

"The presidential candidate's decision last week to stop campaigning in Michigan and scale back advertising there triggered complaints from state party leaders that the withdrawal could undercut in particular two Republican members of Congress facing tough re-election challenges at a time when the party is struggling to contain its losses on Capitol Hill," John D. Stoll writes in The Wall Street Journal.

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