News roundup: Harry Reid says working with a President Romney is 'laughable'
Reid says Senate would snub Romney. Two polls show different leaders in Salt Lake County. Just 3 days until Election Day.
Happy Saturday and welcome to a special weekend edition of Cornflakes. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made it clear that Senate Democrats would fight Mitt Romney and his proposals if he were able to pull out a come-from-behind victory on Tuesday.
"Mitt Romney's fantasy that Senate Democrats will work with him to pass his 'severely conservative' agenda is laughable," Reid said. [WaPost] [LATimes]
Utah polls: We have you covered on the results of dueling surveys from Utah's top newspapers, including the Tribune poll of likely voters conducted by Mason Dixon and the DNews/KSL poll of registered voters by Dan Jones. Some of the numbers are similar and some are not.
-> The polls had drastically different results on the Salt Lake County mayor's race. The Trib poll had Republican Mark Crockett with a commanding 10-point lead. [Trib] While the DNews poll, had Democrat Ben McAdams up by a narrow margin. [DNews] One of them will be right and the other poll will look silly.
-> Trib poll: Republican AG candidate John Swallow has a comfortable lead in his bid to replace retiring AG Mark Shurtleff. [Trib]
-> DNews Poll: Mitt Romney is leading President Barack Obama 69 percent to 26 percent in deep red Utah. [DNews]
-> DNews Poll: Huge leads for Sen. Orrin Hatch, Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz, and GOP House candidate Chris Stewart. [DNews]
-> DNews poll: Gov. Gary Herbert and John Swallow appear poised for victory. [DNews]
The jobs report: The unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9 percent and the economy added 171,000 jobs last month in a jobs report likely to have little impact on the presidential race and that's probably a good thing for Obama. [APviaTrib] [WaPost] [LATimes] [CBSNews] [NYTimes]
-> Romney responds to the report by saying the economy is stagnate and a second Obama term could lead to a recession. [WaPost] [FoxNews]
-> Obama calls the jobs report a sign of "real progress" on the economy. [WaPost]
-> If Obama prevails, he'll be the first president since FDR to do so when unemployment was north of 7.4 percent. [LATimes]
The race for 270: The latest Electoral College predictions:
FiveThirtyEight: Obama 305.3, Romney 232.7. Pollster: Obama 277, Romney 191. RealClearPolitics: Obama 290, Romney 248.
Tweets of the day: From @LarrySabato: "This election will cost $6 bil. A lot. But we spent $7 bil on Halloween."
2012 watch: CNN offers dueling opinion pieces by the candidates' titled "My vision for America." [Romney] [Obama]
-> More than 22 million Americans have already cast their ballots and Obama has an early voting lead, but some don't think it will be enough to hold off Romney on Election Day. [Politico]
-> Obama calls out Romney on his Jeep add saying scaring people is not presidential. [NYTimes]
-> Romney's closing message is he won't just promise change, he has a record that shows he can deliver it. [NYTimes]
-> Luck has decidedly been on Obama's side in the last few weeks, making his path to reelection more plausable. [WaPost]
-> Thousands of lawyers will be at polling places Tuesday ready to sue if it will help their candidate. [NYTimes]
-> Obama and his allies had more TV spots than Romney, but outside groups helped the GOP challenger take a lead in the ads wars in nine places including Tampa and Cincinnati. [Politico]
-> Hurricane Sandy has election officials scrambling throughout the East Coast. [CNN]
In other news: AG Mark Shurtleff tells a judge that Utah can't pay a hefty judgment related to the FLDS. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]
-> Pat Bagley comes up with a novel way to pick a president. [Trib]
-> Far from a scientific poll, but columnist Lee Benson asks Romney's former colleagues who they think will win... it's Romney. [DNews]
-> A University of Utah ethicist has been named to a federal Health and Human Services advisory panel. [Trib]
-> The newly expanded Interstate 15 in Utah County will be open for business on Monday and Peter Cooke thinks the timing may be political, a move to boost the governor's campaign. [Trib]
-> Westminster College boosts the student body president over a drunken episode at a bowling alley. [Trib]
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