Obama, Romney tied nationally. Little girl cries over presidential race. Just 5 days until Election Day.
Happy Thursday. President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney are neck-and-neck with less than a week before Election Day. [Reuters] And the winner of it all will be the lucky recipient of (drum roll, please) a deeply polarized country facing big problems. [USAToday]
-> Romney refrains from taking direct shots at Obama as he resumes campaigning on Wednesday in Tampa, Fla., a move that reflects the touchy situation after the deadly superstorm hit the northeast. [LATimes] [BuzzFeed]
-> Obama and Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie found common ground in assessing Hurricane Sandy's wrath in the storm-torn state. Despite his role as a Romney surrogate, Christie was quick to claim bipartisanism and praise the president's crisis handling. [NYTimes] [LATimes] [BuzzFeed]
Topping the news: Sen. Orrin Hatch says Romney may be Mormons "only real chance" to have on of their kind in the White House. [LDSMag]
-> The "Romney tsunami" in Utah paired with redistricting is making Utah Democrats into an endangered species, Bryan Schott writes for City Weekly. [CityWeekly]
-> Under one formula, Love is to the right of most Republican congressional candidates/ [UtahDataPoints]
-> The Republican Governors Association paid $42,500 to fly Christie to Utah to speak at Gov. Gary Herbert's big gala recently. [DNews]
Tweets of the day: From @BuzzFeedAndrew: "Biden calls the Cleveland Plain Dealer one of the major newspapers "in this state." He is in Florida."
From @mckaycoppins: "Crowd at Romney rally in Jacksonville inexplicably chanting "4 more days!" Until Sunday?"
Happy birthday: To Peter Urban and Jenny Wilson.
In other news: Democratic Salt Lake County mayoral candidate Ben McAdams is spending over $140,000 on TV ads within the race's final week while Republican candidate Mark Crockett is avoiding the airwaves altogether. [DNews]
-> Utah County Republicans hold a $900,000 fund-raising advantage over their Democratic counterparts. [Herald]
-> Mia Love and Rep. Jim Matheson turn to retail politics amidst a plethora of nasty TV ads in the hotly-contested 4th District race. [Trib]
-> Also on the ballot this year in Salt Lake County: A parks and trails bond that would cost the average homeowner $6 more a year. [Trib]
-> The Trib's own Robert Gehrke further discusses the outrageous Matheson memo that turned out to be fake. [Trib]
-> Herbert outlines his agenda should he win re-election. [Trib]
-> Joe Andrade, an independent running for Utah's 2nd Congressional District, fights the uphill fight: being noticed as a third-party candidate. [Trib]
The race for 270: The latest Electoral College predictions:
FiveThirtyEight: Obama 300.4, Romney 237.6.
Pollster: Obama 277, Romney 206.
RealClearPolitics: Obama 290, Romney 248.
2012 watch: The presidential campaigns make a desperate last push for voters in Virginia. [WaPost] According to a Washington Post poll, both campaigns have contacted over 40 percent of the state's voters. [WaPost]
-> ABC News' political director Amy Walter runs through the reasons why the Romney camp may be trying to expand their electoral map to include Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Michigan. [ABCNews]
-> Vice President Joe Biden alludes to a 2016 presidential run. [CNN]
-> The Ohio Poll released figures giving Obama a 48-46 lead over Romney in the Buckeye state. [IPResearch]
-> On Romney momentum, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said: "We have the math; they have the myth." [WSJournal]
-> Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was arrested for attempting to resupply Keystone XL protesters in Texas. [WaPost]
-> CNN polling credits Obama with a 51-43 percent lead over Romney in Wisconsin. [CNN]
-> Anti-Obama text messages traced to GOP activist in Virginia. [Politico]
-> Biden again has an awkward exchange with a voter while on the campaign trail. [BuzzFeed]
-> The presidential campaign has now made a little girl cry: "I'm tired of Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney." [NPR]
Where are they?
-- Thomas Burr and Betsy Blanchard
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