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Battleground: Blue skies

The San Jose Mercury News has the weather scoop: "Sunshine and temperatures in the 60s and 70s are predicted on Election Day for the key battleground states of Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Florida, Nevada and New Mexico, according to the National Weather Service... The only states where the race is tight and where significant rain is forecast are Virginia and North Carolina. There's also a chance of some sprinkles in Philadelphia for part of the day, while western Pennsylvania cities like Pittsburgh remain dry and warm."

A final round of Quinnipiac swing-state polls shows Obama up two points in Florida (47%-45%), up seven in Ohio (50%-43%), and up 10 in Pennsylvania (52%-42%).

COLORADO: Depending on how you feel about the NFL (and the presidential contest), this one's either a brilliant move or an unspeakable outrage. Before yesterday's Broncos-Dolphins game at Invesco Field, the venue where Obama delivered his nomination acceptance speech, a liberal group flew a plane over the area with an anti-McCain banner sailing behind. The message: MCCAIN IS A RAIDERS FAN.

If Colorado is a squeaker, we may be up late tomorrow night. The state's totals may not be available until Wednesday, warn election officials, because of mail-in ballots that have yet to be processed. "Nearly 70 percent of the record number of mail-in ballots sent to voters this year have been returned. But that still leaves more than a half-million mail-in ballots. Because only a handful of counties offered weekend drop-off for mail-in ballots, most of those will probably pour into county offices today and Election Day." 

FLORIDA: Rudy Giuliani blames the press.  Stumping in Winter Park, Florida, with Sen. Mel Martinez and House GOP incumbent Ric Keller, the former New York mayor complained that "the media has decided who your president is going to be."

Rain in parts of Florida didn't stop a last-minute push of early voters.  Per the St. Pete Times: "Many of the Obama supporters waiting in line Sunday said they didn't trust mail-in ballots. "Not in Florida," said Debra Gooden of Clearwater." (Democrats tend to be more likely to vote early in person, while registered Republicans in the state are more likely to mail in a completed ballot.)

MISSOURI: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports: "A record amount -- at least $45 million -- has been spent on TV campaign advertising this year on Missouri broadcast stations by all the major candidates on Tuesday's ballot. All that money has gone for more than 101,000 TV ad spots, almost a quarter of them aired on St. Louis stations." The totals for both presidential candidates? Ten million for Obama and eight for McCain. Another big chunk of change came from the state's gubernatorial candidates, battling out their hot race there. 

OHIO: Obama is up 52%-47%, according to Ohio Poll conducted by the University of Cincinnati.

Ohio officials insist that the Election Day woes of 2004 will not be repeated this year.

NORTH CAROLINA: One of those quirks we haven't mentioned on the North Carolina ballot: "A straight-party vote does not include a vote for president or judicial candidates. If you want to vote a straight-party ticket and for president, you must fill in separate blanks. To vote in judicial races, which are nonpartisan, you must flip to the back of the ballot." 

VIRGINIA: Good numbers from the Richmond Times-Dispatch: "To put on an election in Virginia: 2,400 polling places, 10,600 pieces of equipment, and 30,000 election officers."

The Washington Post takes a look at battleground Prince William County in Northern Virginia.