Break-Ins, Shootings Mar Bush-Kerry Race

Oct. 27: A man is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after veering his silver Cadillac toward Rep. Katherine Harris, R-Fla., and supporters in Sarasota, Fla. "I intimidated them with my car," the man told police, according to The Associated Press. "I was exercising my political expression." Harris is the former Florida secretary of state who sparked the ire of Democrats after presiding over the state's presidential recount in 2000.

Oct. 22: Someone breaks into Republican campaign headquarters in Flagstaff, Ariz., after throwing a cinderblock through a window, Bush campaign officials say.

Oct. 22: A break-in is discovered at Bush-Cheney campaign headquarters in Cincinnati, Bush campaign officials say. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports $300 is taken.

Oct. 12: A Kerry campaign volunteer discovers evidence of an overnight break-in at Lucas County Democratic Party offices in Toledo, Ohio. Three computers are missing, including one that belonged to a lawyer employed by the Kerry campaign to prevent voter fraud. Police later probe a suspect with a lengthy criminal record. "We think the motivation was just a criminal theft," Toledo police Capt. Ron Spann says. "We don't think it was political at all. … We don't have any reason to think that."

Oct. 11: Someone breaks into and ransacks a Republican Party campaign office in downtown Spokane, Wash., takes petty cash and tampers with a computer, party officials say.

Oct. 10: Someone smashes a window at a Bush-Cheney campaign office in Canton, Ohio, Republicans say. Missing from the office are a purse, a laptop carrying case and a portable radio.

Oct. 6: Four windows are broken after hours at the Fairbanks, Alaska, Interior Republican campaign headquarters used by Sen. Lisa Murkowski and the Bush campaign, following a broken window the prior weekend, the AP reports. A Murkowski campaign official says a ball bearing was found days later, and believes a slingshot was used.

Oct. 5: Protesters storm and vandalize a Bush-Cheney office in Orlando, Fla., leaving a campaign worker with a broken arm from the resulting struggle, Fletcher says.

Oct. 5: Someone apparently fires shots through glass doors at a Knoxville, Tenn., office used by Republican Party volunteers to distribute campaign buttons, lawn signs and other election paraphernalia. The office had not yet opened for the day and nobody was injured. "It could have been politically motivated, but we don't know," Knoxville police spokesman Darrell DeBusk says. "It could have been a prank by some teenagers."

Oct. 2: Three computers containing Republican campaign plans are taken overnight after someone throws a rock through a window at Bush-Cheney campaign headquarters in Bellevue, Wash., police say.

Sept. 12: At least 100 voter-registration forms are reported stolen from the Albuquerque, N.M., offices of the New Voters Project, a non-partisan organization that conducted a voter-registration drive. Seventy-six forms, possibly from the theft, are recovered and given to election officials, State Police Lt. Jimmy Glasscock says. "We're basically seeing this as a burglary and a theft," Glasscock adds. "There has not been any evidence or information that there was any attempt to interfere with an election."

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