The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, October 31, 2012

By Jayce Henderson

Oct 31, 2012 3:16am

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 www.abcnews.com

Compiled by ABC News’ Jayce Henderson, Amanda VanAllen, and Carrie Halperin

PRESIDENTIAL TRAIL / HURRICANE SANDY:
ABC News’ Ariane Devogue and Lauren Pearle: “Could Election Day Be Postponed?” Superstorm Sandy has given rise to suspensions in campaigning by both President Obama and GOP contender Mitt Romney, but could it actually delay Election Day?  In theory, yes, but in all likelihood, no. LINK

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer: “Obama Pauses Campaign in Sandy’s Wake” Exactly one week to Election Day, President Obama has benched Candidate Obama, hunkering down at the White House for a second straight day to monitor superstorm  Sandy and the federal government response to the storm. The Obama campaign cancelled two campaign rallies that had been planned today in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Green Bay, Wisc. LINK

USA Today’s Gregory Korte: “Officials brace for Sandy’s effects on Election Day” What already looked to be a historically close presidential contest now has a new and confounding variable: Hurricane Sandy. As the storm lashed the East Coast and Midwest with gale-force winds, torrential rain and flooding, election officials faced new challenges: power outages, floods and snowstorms that could hinder voting through Election Day. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Janet Hook and Patrick O’Connor: “Race Is Back On After Storm Hiatus” As the ruinous force of Sandy begins to diminish, the nominal pause it created in the presidential election campaign is about to fade away. President Barack Obama continued his detour from the campaign trail Tuesday to focus on storm response. LINK

The Washington Times’ Susan Crabtree and Dave Boyer: “For Obama, an opportunity to take charge in a crisis” Although Hurricane Sandy blew President Obama’s re-election campaign far off its charted course, Mr. Obama still had the advantage over Republican rival Mitt Romney on Tuesday, embracing the presidential role of coordinating emergency relief efforts across the Eastern seaboard. LINK

The New York Daily News’ Jonathan Lemire: “Hurricane Sandy plunges presidential race into uncertainty” Hurricane Sandy plunged the presidential campaign into an unprecedented period of uncertainty, leaving both sides scrambling to grasp the right tone for voters coping with a historic natural disaster. The monster storm, likely the biggest “October surprise” in history, left both campaigns without a script, forcing them to make uncharted, and potentially politically-damaging, decisions on the fly. Some campaign rallies were cancelled, while others were rebranded as hurricane fundraisers. LINK

The Hill’s Justin Sink and Amie Parnes: “Obama, Romney set to re-emerge after Hurricane Sandy” Mitt Romney and President Obama will re-emerge on the presidential trail on Wednesday, but in starkly different ways. Romney will hold a trio of events in the swing state of Florida with prominent Republicans Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Callum Borchers: “Obama to visit N.J.; Romney returning to trail” Mitt Romney will resume campaigning Wednesday in Florida, a politically delicate task given the need to engage voters while also acknowledging the disaster wrought by Hurricane Sandy 1,000 miles to the north. President Obama, canceling his slate of events in Ohio, will tour devastated neighborhoods with Republican Governor Chris Christie in New Jersey. LINK

POLLS:
The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny and Marjorie Connelly: “Obama and Romney in Exceedingly Close Race, Poll Finds” President Obama and Mitt Romney enter the closing week of the campaign in an exceedingly narrow race, according to the latest poll by The New York Times and CBS News, with more voters now viewing Mr. Romney as a stronger leader on the economy and Mr. Obama as a better guardian of the middle class. LINK

ROMNEY / RNC:
The Washington Times’ Luke Rosiak: “RNC left with hoards of cash but little time” A late surge of support and months of restrained spending have left the Republican National Committee flush with cash with little time to spend it — $68 million as of Oct. 17, which was nearly seven times the amount the Democratic National Committee had in the bank. LINK

Bloomberg’s Tim Jones: “Romney Ohio Fate Tied to 47 Percenters Along Appalachians” Pastor Rick Towe shuns politicking from the pulpit, avoiding any mention of President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney during a recent Sunday sermon at the small Pentecostal church in the southeastern Ohio River town of Kanauga. Yet the battle for the White House always seems to find him. LINK

AUTO INDUSTRY / OTHER:
The Los Angeles Times’ Seema Mehta: “GM and Chrysler rebut Romney auto bailout claims” As Mitt Romney released more misleading claims about President Obama and the auto bailout on Tuesday, officials at GM and Chrysler weighed in and said the statements put forward by Romney about job losses and the offshoring of jobs were false — an unusual move for corporations, which tend to avoid entering the fray of partisan politics. LINK

Politico’s Maggie Haberman: “GM aide: Romney ads part of ‘parallel universe’” Via the Detroit Free Press, Mitt Romney’s auto bailout Ohio radio ad is prompting some pushback from General Motors: “We’ve clearly entered some parallel universe during these last few days,” GM spokesman Greg Martin said. LINK

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