Thursday's must-reads


Geraldine Sealey
October 28, 2004 6:17PM (UTC)

Los Angeles Times: We thought we had moved past the "two out of Big Three" electoral college formula, but the LA Times thinks the race may well still hinge on Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. "The [LAT] surveys find President Bush holding an 8-percentage-point lead among likely voters in Florida, Sen. John F. Kerry opening a 6-percentage-point advantage in Ohio, and the two men battling to a dead heat in Pennsylvania."

New York Times: More for the "freedom's untidy" file. "Looters stormed the weapons site at Al Qaqaa in the days after American troops swept through the area in early April 2003 on their way to Baghdad, gutting office buildings, carrying off munitions and even dismantling heavy machinery, three Iraqi witnesses and a regional security chief said Wednesday."

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Washington Post: No big October Surprise -- yet -- but lots of little nagging unpleasant "surprises" have hurt Bush in the critical final days of the campaign, from "the flu-vaccine shortage, climbing oil prices, falling stocks and this month's disappointing jobs report."

St. Pete Times: The Florida GOP is trying to decide whether Republican poll watchers should challenge voters at the polls to scrutinize whether they're really eligible to vote. Jeb says: Go for it!

New York Times: Federal judge in Ohio blocks GOP efforts to challenge voter registrations of tens of thousands before Election Day.


Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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