Obama feisty in final debate. Early voting in Utah starts today. 14 days until Election Day.
Happy Tuesday. President Barack Obama tried to eviscerate Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the final debate. "I know you haven't been in a position to execute foreign policy," Obama said, "but every time you have offered an opinion, you have been wrong." Romney was in a far more agreeable mood, shall we say, with an obvious goal to make it clear he would not start a new war. Many saw the disjointed debate as the president's strongest performance, but the question is will it have much of an impact on the race this late in the game. [WaPost] [NYTimes] [FoxNews] [UtahPolicy]
Topping the news: The Trib's Thomas Burr highlights how the candidates frequently pivoted to the economy and he gives you the best lines of the night. [Trib]
-> A CBS News instant poll of uncommitted voters said Obama trounced Romney, 53 percent to 23 percent. [CBSNews] A CNN poll of registered voters had a much smaller margin: 48 percent favored Obama and 40 percent favored Romney. [CNN]
-> A small group of undecided voters in Utah were not swayed by the debate. [DNews]
-> Gee whiz, Romney sure has a language of his own. [NYTimes]
Tweets of the day: From @JWGOP: "Here's one thing decided and undecided can agree on: Thank God that was the last debate!"
From @ktumulty: "Debates are a contest, but as often as not, what candidates are actually battling is our preconceptions of them. #debates"
Happy birthday: To Ric Cantrell, Utah Senate Chief of Staff.
Tune in: Continuing a series of conversations with the candidates, Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Peter Cooke will join radio host Rod Arquette on 105-7FM/570AM tonight at 6 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., Arquette will talk with Democratic senate candidate Scott Howell.
-> A new TV ad centers around a Mitt Romney robo-call touting Love's candidacy. [DNews]
-> The Utah State Fraternal Order of Police endorse Gov. Gary Herbert and GOP Attorney General candidate John Swallow. [ABC4]
-> Equality Utah expects a more moderate and a more Republican state Legislature. [UtahPolicy]
-> The Tesoro petroleum refinery expansion faces resistance from a group of health-conscious environmentalists. [Trib]
-> Comedy Central's Indecision blog featured Mark Sage, Democratic candidate for Utah State Auditor... and working puppeteer? [ComedyCentral]
-> Peg McEntee discusses Senate President Michael Waddoups' removal of Democratic state Sen. Karen Mayne from the Legislature’s Business and Labor Committee. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake County expects a record-high voter turnout this year. [DNews]
-> Looking to vote early? [DNews]
The race for 270: The latest Electoral College estimates
FiveThirtyEight: Obama 290.8, Romney 247.2
Pollster: Obama 253, Romney 191
RealClearPolitics: Obama 281, Romney 257
2012 watch: The founder of an investment fund that owns several voting machines in Ohio is a major Romney bundler. [Yahoo]
-> Over the weekend, Rep. Todd Akin compared his Democratic opponent to a dog, saying she "fetches" Washington headaches and brings them back to Missouri. On Monday, a top Akin adviser made a canine remark of his own, tweeting: "If Claire McCaskill were a dog, she'd be a Bullshitsu." [BuzzFeed]
-> The Obama campaign invited the bear-hugging pizza shop owner, who made rounds in the media cycle several weeks ago, to last night's presidential debate. [CNN]
-> The new Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll shows Obama with a 49-48 lead over Romney. [WaPost]
-> Obama is scheduled to appear on Jay Leno's Wednesday night taping of "The Tonight Show." [LATimes]
Where are they?
-- Matt Canham and Betsy Blanchard
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