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More 2009: The battle in Maine

MAINE: The Washington Post parachutes into the battle over gay marriage in Maine. "Maine residents will decide Tuesday whether to repeal a law allowing same-sex marriage, an effort that has succeeded in every state where it has been put before voters. Public opinion surveys in Maine show a dead heat on Question 1, which would cancel the marriage statute that passed the legislature in May and was signed by Gov. John E. Baldacci (D)."

More: "In the five other states where gay men and lesbians are allowed to marry their partners, permission was granted by courts or legislatures."

MASSACHUSETTS: "As the most competitive race for mayor in 16 years entered its final days, the campaigns continued their hectic pace," the Boston Globe writes. "After the church visits, both candidates attended rallies in a final push to pump up supporters who will help get people to the polls tomorrow… Boston election officials said more voters are registered for this election than for any mayoral race in more than a decade. There are 283,186 voters on the rolls. That's roughly 10,000 more than in 2005 and 25,000 more than in 2001. Some 6,500 have registered since the preliminary election in September."

NEW JERSEY: A Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll finds Republican Chris Christie leading Jon Corzine 43%-42% (a statistical tie) with independent Chris Daggett getting 8%. The poll was conducted Oct. 28-30. Bloomberg News: "The poll showed Christie has the support of 51 percent of independents compared with Corzine, the choice of 29 percent of independents. Daggett's support among independent voters fell to 10 percent from 22 percent on Oct. 9." Pollster Patrick Murray said that if Democrats don't vote in droves on November 3rd, "Christie may eke out the win." 
A Quinnipiac poll shows Christie leading Corzine 42%-40%, with Daggett getting 12%. The poll was conducted from Oct. 27-Nov. 1.

VIRGINIA: A new Richmond Times-Dispatch poll, conducted by Mason-Dixon, put Republican Bob McDonnell ahead of Democrat Creigh Deeds 53%-41%. 
The liberal-leaning Talking Points Memo writes that McDonnell's lead is due to undecided voters "coming home" for the Republican. The last Mason-Dixon poll, taken in early October, showed that "twelve percent of likely voters had not yet made up their minds in the race…Between then and now, that number shrank to six percent, giving McDonnell his new 12-point lead." 
In their final days of campaign stops, McDonnell and Deeds sounded familiar themes yesterday. McDonnell spoke about "free-market, limited-government ideas in Virginia" at odds with "these massive new federal programs and taxes and intrusions in the free-enterprise system." Deeds decried the "pure hate aimed at this campaign," and said of his lagging poll numbers, "Polls can be discouraging, but you know what? The only poll that matters has yet to be taken."