Meanwhile -- watch that map roll back: "The Republican National Committee is halting presidential ads in Wisconsin and Maine, turning much of its attention to usually Republican states where GOP nominee John McCain shows signs of faltering," the AP's Jim Kuhnhenn reports.
The new Time/CNN poll has Obama opening up a 10-point lead in Virginia, 53-43.
"Senator Barack Obama is on offense, and Senator John McCain on defense, and the next 19 days offer little chance of a change in that dynamic," Politico's Ben Smith and Jonathan Martin report. "A top adviser, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, said Obama is considering expanding his active campaign back into North Dakota and Georgia, from which he'd shifted resources, and into the Appalachian heartland of West Virginia and Kentucky. . . . Meanwhile, John McCain will retreat to set up defensive bulwarks, in a last-ditch strategy of red state hold 'em."
George Stephanopoulos identifies seven must-win McCain states -- and Obama is up or tied in all of them.
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The one line from the campaign Obama wants back? Bittergate, he tells Matt Bai in the forthcoming New York Times Magazine. "That was my biggest boneheaded move," Obama says. "How it was interpreted in the press was Obama talking to a bunch of wine-sipping San Francisco liberals with an anthropological view toward white working-class voters. And I was actually making the reverse point, clumsily, which is that these voters have a right to be frustrated because they've been ignored. And because Democrats haven't met them halfway on cultural issues, we've not been able to communicate to them effectively an economic agenda that would help broaden our coalition."
Out of range? "Early in 2007, just as her husband launched his presidential bid, Cindy McCain sought to resolve an old problem -- the lack of cellphone coverage on her remote 15-acre ranch near Sedona, Ariz., nestled deep in a tree-lined canyon called Hidden Valley," James V. Grimaldi reports in The Washington Post. "Ethics lawyers said Cindy McCain's dealings with the wireless companies stand out because her husband, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), is a senior member of the Senate commerce committee, which oversees the Federal Communications Commission and the telecommunications industry. He has been a leading advocate for industry-backed legislation, fighting regulations and taxes on telecommunication services."
The real national pastime, greener than outfield grass: "Major League Baseball agreed Wednesday to push back the start time of Game 6 of the World Series by about 15 minutes so that Fox Broadcasting Co. could sell Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama a half-hour of prime time on Wednesday, Oct. 29," Meg James reports for the Los Angeles Times.
Looking ahead: "Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign is making plans for what it hopes will be an Election Night celebration outdoors in Chicago," John McCormick reports in the Chicago Tribune. "Aides say plans are still fluid and a specific venue has yet to be nailed down, but Millennium Park or Grant Park are distinct possibilities."
The testimony that may be worth a Senate seat: "The criminal trial of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) will boil down to a family affair today, as the Senator and his wife are scheduled to testify as the last two witnesses called in his defense," Roll Call's Paul Singer reports.