The Note's Must-Reads for Tuesday, November 6, 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' Jayce Henderson and Amanda VanAllen

PRESIDENT OBAMA ABC News' Gregory Krieg: " Obama's Final Push: If You Vote, I Will Win" The candidates are spending the final few hours of this long presidential campaign season bouncing around the country, rallying supporters at 15 events across nine battleground states. By late afternoon, President Obama had hit urban centers in Wisconsin and Ohio, with Iowa to come tonight. LINK The Washington Post's David Fahrenthold and Robert Barnes: " On election eve, President Obama has a slim edge in polls" President Obama held a slim advantage in national and battleground polls going into Election Day as the candidates made their last mad dashes across swing-state America and their campaigns braced for a day of intense battle - and the legal fights that may follow. A Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll showed Obama at 50 percent to Republican challenger Mitt Romney's 47 percent. That is Obama's best showing since July and a reversal of the three-percentage-point edge Romney held last month. LINK

MITT ROMNEY / PAUL RYAN ABC News' Shushannah Walshe: " Ryan Says He Feels 'Very Good' Hours Before Voters Go to the Polls" Just hours before voting starts, Paul Ryan stopped at a diner here, but didn't give much away about how he was doing before what could be the biggest day of his life. "I feel very good," he told reporters as he stopped in at Johnson's Corner, a truck stop diner famous for their large cinnamon rolls. Ryan didn't answer when reporters asked him if he has spoken to his running mate today, although he has said in the past they talk daily. LINK Bloomberg's Lisa Lerer: " Romney Remains a Mystery After Revealing Little on Trail" Twenty-four hours before Election Day, the man at the front of the plane remains a mystery. "I need your vote. I need your work," Mitt Romney implored enthusiastic supporters from Florida to New Hampshire. "Walk with me. Walk with me together," he said, while standing perfectly straight, an eye on the teleprompter, staying precisely on script. Yet, with more than a decade of national exposure, hundreds of thousands of ads and life without private moments, Romney has remained largely inscrutable. LINK

FINAL HOURS The New York Times' Jim Rutenberg and Jeff Zeleny: " State by State, Battle for Presidency Goes to Voters" The most expensive presidential race in American history now becomes the biggest show on television, a night with enough uncertainty that it could become a telethon lasting well into morning.For the third time in the last four presidential campaigns, the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees went into Election Day close in the national polls, with not one of the major opinion surveys giving President Obama or Mitt Romney a lead of statistical significance. LINK

VOTING Politico's Elizabeth Titus: " Election overtime: A winless Wednesday" Could the presidential race go into overtime? It turns out the unnerving prospect of an election that drags on for days - or even weeks - past Election Day isn't as far-fetched as it sounds. Between the possibility of recounts, provisional ballot problems and lawsuits, there's no shortage of scary vote-counting scenarios that threaten to push the election outcome beyond Nov. 6. LINK

The Boston Globe's Alan Wirzbicki: " Early voting ends with crush of lines in some Ohio precincts" After a series of courtroom battles this summer and fall put Ohio's balloting rules under a national microscope, the finale of early voting played out Monday under an ashen sky in Cleveland. Despite the weather, the mood was festive; loudspeakers blared music from the steps of a nearby church, and a man in an Obama mask roamed the line, having his picture taken with voters. A hot dog cart was across the street. LINK

END OF ELECTION The Washington Times' Stephen Dinan: " Long haul to election reaches a messy end" The 2012 presidential campaign has been one defined by candidates bumping against ceilings - and, in the final week, by a storm that appears to have helped President Obama regain his footing. In the GOP primaries, Mitt Romney had trouble breaking through with conservative voters to score the big wins he needed to swat away his lesser-funded opponents and solidify his nomination. LINK

The Hills' Amie Parnes: " Obama, Romney leave nothing to chance as campaign season comes to an end" The final full day of the 2012 presidential campaign has featured a swing-state spring by two candidates determined to leave nothing to chance in a razor-tight election. Mitt Romney held campaign events in Florida and Virginia - two states where recent polls suggest he has an advantage - and announced he'd take the unusual step of holding campaign events in Cleveland and Pittsburgh on Tuesday. LINK

BATTLEGROUND STATES The Wall Street Journal's Evan Perez and Danny Yadron: " In Battlegrounds, an Eye on Recount Rules" If Tuesday's presidential race is as close as some surveys suggest, recount provisions in some battleground states could get attention after voting ends. A stalemated result remains a long shot, with either President Barack Obama or Republican Mitt Romney likely to draw the 270 electoral-college votes needed to win. LINK

POLLS The Los Angeles Times' Paul West: " Polls give Obama edge over Romney, but it's too close to call" After a final cross-country campaign whirl by both candidates, President Obama heads into election day riding a slim lead in enough key states to secure a second term, while Mitt Romney remains competitive and could yet unseat him. National polling showed late voter movement toward Obama, raising the possibility that the election might not drag out for days and weeks of wrangling over disputed ballots, as some feared. LINK

USA Today's Martha T. Moore and Gregory Korte: " Exit polling goes the way of changing media trends" TV networks are marshaling a multimillion-dollar exit poll for Election Day, but they head into Tuesday knowing they may not be able to declare a winner in the biggest race: the presidency. Exit polls - surveys of people who have already voted - have been narrowed this year to focus on battleground states, in part to offset extra costs given the increase in early voting in states such as Ohio and Florida, which reduces the number of voters who can be surveyed at polling places on Election Day. LINK

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