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News roundup: Four scenarios that could upend Election Day

Published November 5, 2012 7:31 am

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Nightmare election scenarios. A last dash around the swing states. Election Day is just one day away.

Happy Monday. The lengthy campaign has hit its final hours as the candidates dart around eight states before polls close Tuesday, and at this late stage it appears that President Barack Obama not only has an edge but the momentum. Still, the margin is so small Mitt Romney could pull it out. [WaPost] [FOXNews]

-> Take a quick look back at the presidential campaigns' highlights and lowlights everything from "Oops" to "You didn't build that" to a crying four-year-old who just wants it to end. [APviaChron]

-> Four potential Nov. 6 nightmare scenarios, including a contest that stretches for days past election night. [NBCNews]

Topping the news: The Trib's Robert Gehrke explores how the two big Utah polls came to such different conclusions on the 4th District race between Rep. Jim Matheson and Mia Love and the Salt Lake County mayor's contest between Mark Crockett and Ben McAdams. [Trib]

-> Utahns say the nation is on the wrong track but they like the state's trajectory, particularly because of an improving economy. [Trib]

Tweets of the day: From @Ari_Shapiro: "Here we go everybody, say it with me: ONE! MORE! DAY!!!!"

From @HuntsmanAbby: "Something pretty exhilarating about voting for someone you believe in. I'll sleep we'll tonight knowing I wrote in @JonHuntsman."

Happy birthday: To ABC4's Chris Vanocur.

The race for 270: The latest Electoral College predictions: FiveThirtyEight: Obama 307.2, Romney 230.8. Pollster: Obama 277, Romney 191. RealClearPolitics: Obama 303, Romney 235.

2012 watch: Paul Ryan charges that Obama poses a threat to "Judeo-Christian values" that shaped the nation. [BuzzFeed]

-> Obama likens his policies to that of former President Bill Clinton's as the duo rallied together in New Hampshire on Sunday. [NBCNews]

-> Romney says it is possible but unlikely that Obama will win a second term. [APviaABC4]

-> Ryan tailgated at a Green Bay Packers game Sunday in a state where the Romney-Ryan ticket is six points behind. [NBCNews]

-> Romney makes a late-in-the-game push for Pennsylvania, including a rally that drew thousands, though the president still holds a slight lead in the state polls. [Inquirer] [Reuters] In the meantime, Obama pushed Ohioans for their vote. [Politico]

-> And with one day to go, polls are showing a race that's tighter than ever before. [WSJournal] [CBSNews] -> Check out the latest swing state polls: [PoliticalWire]

Opinion section: A summary of the Trib's 2012 endorsements: [Trib]

-> Leslie Riddle, former Millcreek community council chair, urges residents to vote for incorporation. [Trib] Chris Stout, Democratic candidate for state treasurer, says there is no need to incorporate. [Trib]

-> Dennis Willis says it is wrong to assume that federal lands are off limits to development. [Trib]

-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb offer their last pre-election thoughts. [DNews]

-> Chad Mullins, chairman of the Salt Lake County Bicycle Advisory Committee, argues that the state gives transportation more attention than education. [Trib]

In other news: If Millcreek residents choose to incorporate, the township will become the state's 10th largest city. [DNews]

-> Mormons have a deep sense of pride in Romney's run. [DNews]

-> The Judicial Performance and Evaluation Commission made judge evaluations readily available online in an attempt to better inform Utah voters. [Fox13]

-> About 28 percent of Utah's active voters have already cast their ballots. [DNews]

-> Layton citizens have dueling voter information guides, one created by the city and one by a group called Residents for West Layton Village. [Trib]

Where are they?

Gov. Gary Herbert receives an update from the Olympic Committee after a budget discussion.

SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon hits a cabinet meeting before doing a live interview with KCPW on the parks and trails bond.

SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends a mountain transportation meeting before meeting with Gov. Herbert.

WVC Mayor Mike Winder meets with the city's Cultural Arts Board.

President Barack Obama speaks in Madison, Wisc., Columbus, Ohio, and Des Moines, Iowa before flying for an overnight stay in Chicago.

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— Matt Canham and Betsy Blanchard Twitter.com/mattcanham and Twitter.com/betsyblanchard