The Note's Must-Reads for Friday October 26, 2012

The Note's Must-Reads are a round-up of today's political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday right here at

Compiled by ABC News' Carrie Halperin, Jayce Henderson and Danielle Genet


ABC News' Gary Langer: " Romney Hits the 50 Percent Mark, With a Clear Edge on the Economy" Mitt Romney has seized further advantage on economic

issues at the core of the 2012 campaign, taking him to 50 percent support among likely voters vs. 47 percent for Barack Obama - Romney's highest vote-preference result of the contest to date. The difference between the two candidates is within the margin of sampling error in the latest ABC News/Washington Post daily tracking poll, and their individual support levels have not significantly changed. LINK

USA Today's Susan Page: " Poll: An Obama comeback, but a Romney edge on debates" President Obama was the runaway winner of the presidential debate on foreign policy this week, a nationwide USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds. But Republican rival Mitt Romney edges him when voters assess which candidate did a better job in their three debates overall. LINK

The Washington Post's Jon Cohen and Rosalind Helderman: " Poll shows widening racial gap in presidential contest" The 2012 election is shaping up to be more polarized along racial lines than any presidential contest since 1988, with President Obama experiencing a steep drop in support among white voters from four years ago. At this stage in 2008, Obama trailed Republican John McCain by seven percentage points among white voters. Even in victory, Obama ended up losing white voters by 12 percentage points, according to that year's exit poll. LINK


ABC News' Gregory J. Krieg: " Obama Casts Early Vote and Reminds Dems of 2000 Recount" President Obama took a break from a marathon blitz of swing states today to cast an early ballot in his home town of Chicago, making him the first sitting president to vote in-person before Election Day. "I can't tell you who I'm voting for," he told supporters at a rally in Tampa, Fla., earlier in the day. LINK

Boston Globe's Bobby Caina Calvan: " President Obama, Mitt Romney wooing early voters" Republicans learned the lesson the hard way: In the new arithmetic of presidential politics, counting on Election Day votes doesn't always add up to victory. In 2008, John McCain won the majority of votes cast at the polls that day in the crucial states of North Carolina, Florida, Iowa, and Colorado, but his victory margin was wiped out by support for Barack Obama among the millions of voters who cast ballots early. LINK


The Hill's Justin Sink and Keith Laing: " Working-class voters could be the key to Romney's chances in Ohio" White, working-class voters in Ohio are supporting President Obama at higher levels than in other swing states, making it tougher for Mitt Romney to catch the incumbent in perhaps the most vital of all battlegrounds. Even as the GOP nominee has inched ahead in polls of swing states like North Carolina, Florida and Colorado, Romney has been unable to crack Obama's slim but steady advantage in polls of the Buckeye State. LINK

Wall Street Journal's Neil King Jr.: " On One Ohio Street, Voters Weary of Election Promises" Long before Ted and Linda Prues planted a Mitt Romney sign in their front yard, they were Midwestern Democrats, and then some. "I was a raging liberal, a real bra-burner," said Ms. Prues, 65 years old, the daughter of a local Teamster. LINK

USA Today's Kevin A. Kepple, Julie Snider and Maureen Linke: " Can Ohio's better days help Obama?" The economy is bouncing back in what may be ground zero of the presidential campaign, but not everyone credits the president. Unemployment in Stark County, a bellwether county in the hardest-fought state in the nation, just dropped to 6.5%. Manufacturing is booming. LINK

Wall Street Journal's Janet Hook: " Romney Team Goes All-Out in Buckeye State" Mitt Romney is making a full-court press to win Ohio and taking a page from George W. Bush's playbook to do so. Signaling the state is a must-have part of his strategy to win the White House, Mr. Romney and his running mate are returning again and again-Mr. Romney crammed in three appearances Thursday. LINK


Politico's Glenn Thrush and Jennifer Epstein: " Momentum Wars" In the past 10 days, Mitt Romney's campaign has gone from Big Mo to Slow Mo. Like a shark that must swim forward and fast, the Romney campaign needs to maintain its forward momentum - and its heady narrative of an irresistible finish-line surge - despite an increasing pile of polling data pointing to a race that has stabilized since Barack Obama's disastrous performance at the Oct. 3rd debate in Denver. LINK

The New York Times' Nicholas Confessore and JO Craven McGinty: " Obama, Romney and Their Parties on Track to Raise $2 Billion" President Obama and Mitt Romney are both on pace to raise more than $1 billion with their parties by Election Day, according to financial disclosures filed by the campaigns on Thursday. From the beginning of 2011 through Oct. 17, Mr. Obama and the Democrats raised about $1.06 billion, and Mr. Romney and the Republicans collected $954 million, including some money for the party's Congressional efforts, setting up 2012 to be the most expensive presidential campaign in history. LINK


" Massachusetts Race Could Decide Who Controls the Senate" LINK " President Obama and Mitt Romney Battle for Ohio" LINK " Hillary Clinton Recalls Pregnancy, Creating Maternity Leave" LINK

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