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Obama: Nervous Democrats?

Despite what the polls say, the New York Times writes that plenty of Democrats are nervous about the election. "Certainly, national and swing state polls suggest that Democrats might allow themselves a deep breath or two. But liberals are not inclined to relax, given the circumstances of their last two defeats. Hanging chad, the Supreme Court decisions, and Florida and Ohio's electoral problems: it is a lifetime of agita to staunch Democrats. The prospect of success now comes scented with dread."

Per Politico's Ben Smith, Geraldine Ferraro has endorsed Obama. Smith writes, "This was, in a way, the mistake we all made after the primary: Hillary's loyalists were almost all, like Ferraro, partisan Democrats. That's where her strength was. And those just weren't people who, in the end, could consider voting for McCain, or probably for anyone with an R next to his or her name."

Obama was able to work in a Halloween-themed hit on McCain while campaigning in Indiana yesterday, NBC/NJ's Athena Jones reports. "You know, I just came back -- my girls were doing some trick or treating and, you know, Malia and Sasha each year, every year they've got trouble deciding what they want to be for Halloween. But John McCain didn't have that problem. Just like every year he's going as George W. Bush. After 21 months, after three debates John McCain still has not been able to tell the American people a single major thing that he would do differently from George Bush when it comes to the economy. I mean you don't know what John McCain is gonna do because he doesn't talk about it, all he talks about is me."

Speaking of Halloween, Obama wasn't too pleased with the cameras following him as he took his daughter Sasha trick-or-treating. "Obama scowled at reporters here on Friday evening as he took a walk with his daughter in his Hyde Park neighborhood during a quick trip home for Halloween. Four days before the election, Mr. Obama squeezed a Chicago stop in between an afternoon rally in Iowa and an evening rally in Indiana. As trick-or-treaters walked nearby, he became agitated when a group of reporters and photographers began to approach him and his 7-year-old-daughter, Sasha. 'That's enough. You've got a shot. Leave us alone,' Mr. Obama said, according to a pool report of the moment. 'Come on, guys. Get back on the bus.'"

The Gore-acle speaks." Gore's visit to Florida, a state still up for grabs, marked the first time he's hit the campaign trail for Obama since endorsing him in June and speaking at the Democratic National Convention in August. Gore and his wife, Tipper, planned another rally in Pompano Beach later in the day."

"Barack Obama's aunt, a Kenyan woman who has been quietly living in public housing in Boston, is in the United States illegally after an immigration judge rejected her request for asylum four years ago, The Associated Press has learned… Information about the deportation case was disclosed and confirmed by two separate sources, one of them a federal law enforcement official. The information they made available is known to officials in the federal government, but the AP could not establish whether anyone at a political level in the Bush administration or in the McCain campaign had been involved in its release."