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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns at Worthington Industries, a metal processing company, in Worthington, Ohio, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
News roundup: 90% of Mormons say Romney represents faith well

Matheson, Love battle it out. Mourdock drama lingers. 11 days until Election Day.

Happy Friday. Nearly 90 percent of Mormons say that Mitt Romney represents their faith always or very frequently, while only 19 percent say the same thing about Sen. Harry Reid, according to a new poll by Key Research and analysed by the good folks at Utah Data Points. Rounding out the top of the list: Steve Young, singer David Archuletta, hotel magnate Bill Marriott and Sen. Orrin Hatch. Ex-Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman nabs 43 percent of those who think he frequently well represents the Mormon faith. [UtahDataPoints]

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Topping the news: The Mia Love campaign tripled Rep. Jim Matheson's fundraising haul in the first half of October. [Trib]

-> House Majority Leader Eric Cantor raises money for Love's campaign while Matheson rallies prominent Republican supporters for his cause. [Trib] [Herald]

-> The Matheson-Love campaign is among the grittiest this election season. [DNews]

Tweets of the day: From @brianbeutler: "Bored. Somebody gaffe."

Happy birthday: To state Sen. Peter Knudson.

In other news: In the Salt Lake County mayoral race, Republican Mark Crockett and Democrat Ben McAdams make incarceration return rates a campaign issue. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly discusses the Love campaign's rule-breaking campaign propaganda sales, a GOP apology tour, parking tickets and a side-by-side Hatch-Herbert campaign effort. [Trib]

-> Saratoga Springs police officers are considering legal action against the city and Love, the city's mayor, over promised raises that haven't come through. [Fox13]

-> For the first time, all five 2nd Congressional District candidates met in a public debate. [Trib]

-> 18 candidates are vying for nine spots on the state school board. [Trib]

-> High mercury content in Lake Powell sends the water's fish onto a food advisory list. [Trib]

-> Bob Bernick makes some election predictions, including a win for Ben McAdams. [UtahPolicy]

-> Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss Romney and the Love-Matheson race in their weekly videocast. [UtahPolicy]

-> Pat Bagley offers his take on trick-or-treating at Romney's house. [Trib]

The race for 270: The latest Electoral College predictions:

FiveThirtyEight: Obama 294.1, Romney 243.9

Pollster: Obama 271, Romney 191

RealClearPolitics: Obama 281, Romney 257

2012 watch: Huntsman is critical of Romney's handling of the controversy with Richard Mourdock and says Romney should have withdrawn his endorsement of the Indiana Senate candidate. [HuffPost]

-> Obama and Romney are tied in Colorado and just one point apart - in the president's favor - in Nevada. [NBCNews]

-> Both campaigns are furiously campaigning in Ohio as the race tightens. [HuffPost]

-> The Romney campaign raised $111 million in the first half of October alone, $21 million more than was raised by the president's campaign. [USAToday] [CBSNews]

-> A look at what both campaigns might do in their first actions next year. [WaPost]

-> Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson contributed to the Romney campaign's final financial push with a last-minute $10 million donation to a Romney super PAC. [NYTimes]

-> Romney's testimony in a 1991 divorce case is made public. Romney's attorney showed no objection to its release. [Reuters]

-> Obama campaign press secretary denies being concerned by polls showing the president's shrinking lead among women: "New polls come out every hour as you know," she told reporters, "because you all chase them down." [Politico]

-> The presidential campaign -- between cameos for Donald Trump and

Gloria Allred -- has turned into a clown show. [DailyBeast]

-> See which major newspapers endorsed each candidate: [WaPost]. (The Washington Post published its own Obama endorsement yesterday.)

-> Ann Romney details her Costco shopping list. [Yahoo]

-> Obama told Jay Leno during his Wednesday night appearance that he might support the Detroit Tigers in the World Series because he has a soft spot for the metropolis he's "spent a lot of time in lately" and didn't want to let go bankrupt. In reality, he hasn't been to Detroit in over a year. [DetroitNews]

Where are they?

  • Utah Governor Gary Herbert attends a monthly meeting with boards and commissions.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker stays in Houston for the second day of the Public Policy Forum on Urban Prospects at Rice University.
  • WVC Mayor Mike Winder attends a ribbon cutting at Live Rock n' Reef.
  • President Barack Obama has a day full of interviews, starting with "The Michael Smerconish Show," followed up by an MTV special and ending with April Ryan of the American Urban Radio Networks.

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-- Thomas Burr and Betsy Blanchard

Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/betsyblanchard



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