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October 17, 2012

Candidates fan out after combative debate

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — With just 20 days left until the election, polls show an extremely tight race nationally. While Republicans have made clear gains in recent days, the president leads in several polls of Wisconsin and Ohio. No Republican has won the White House without winning Ohio.

As the debates unfold, early voting is already under way in many states, and the push to bank as many early ballots as possible is in overdrive.

Democrats cheered when the Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for Ohio voters to cast ballots during the three days before the election, rejecting a request by the state's Republican elections chief and attorney general to get involved in a rancorous battle over early voting. Obama's campaign and Ohio Democrats had sued state officials over changes in state law that took away the three days of voting for most people.

All of the political maneuvering was little more than noise for more than 1.3 million Americans: They've already voted.

 

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