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Pollsters Struggle to Pin Down the Right (Cell) Number

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As they gauge voter sentiment in this tight presidential race, pollsters face a big challenge: more and more voters hang up on them.

Battleground Ohio: Romney Hopes to Ride 2010 Wave

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The office of Chase Ritenauer, the Democratic mayor of this north-central Ohio city, overlooks peacefully moored sailboats on Lake Erie—and a sewage treatment plant. So it goes for Ohio Democrats this election year: Some things look a lot better than others. Republican Mitt Romney, they admit, has a real chance of putting the state back into the GOP column after President Barack Obama's hard-fought win in 2008.

PBS NewsHour: Campaigns Court Colorado Hispanics in Unpredictable Contest

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In Colorado, where Hispanics make up 20 percent of the population, presidential campaigning is increasingly being done in Spanish. And while immigration may not be the most important issue for Latino voters, it certainly is a defining one, according to Stanford University political scientist Gary Segura. Gwen Ifill reports.

Romney Campaign Begins Quiet Push for African American Voters

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Mitt Romney’s campaign team has been quietly laying plans for an outreach effort to President Obama’s most loyal supporters — black voters — not just to chip away at the huge Democratic margins but also as a way to reassure independent swing voters that Romney can be inclusive and tolerant in his thinking and approach.

One Thing Certain as Egyptians Vote for President: The Outcome Will be a Surprise

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In an historic first, Egyptians voted Wednesday for their next president, choosing from an array of competing candidates whose wildly divergent campaign platforms pledged everything from revolutionary, religion-based change to a return to the stability of the Hosni Mubarak-era, which came to an end with Mubarak’s ouster last year.

Poll: Obama, Romney in Dead Heat on Economy

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After months of aggressive campaigning on jobs and the economy, President Obama and Mitt Romney, his likely Republican challenger, are locked in a dead heat over who could fix the problem foremost on voters’ minds, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Romney Seeks Evangelical Votes; Opposes Gay Marriage

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sought on Saturday to calm fears that his Mormon faith would be an obstacle to evangelical Christian voters, stressing shared conservative values while acknowledging religious differences.

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Mitt Romney deliveres the commencement address at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. over the weekend (CNN)

The Most Important Voters of 2012

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Ohio Republican Senate candidate Josh Mandel is 34, but he looks 19. He's not clean-cut—he's freshly shorn. So when the young State Treasurer explains that he's going to beat incumbent Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown by winning over working-class voters who spend their day with equipment that is hot, heavy, and dirty, it seems like a long shot.

PBS NewsHour: Examining the Electoral Map, President Obama's Arguments for a Second Term

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In this week's Political Checklist, Political Editor Christina Bellantoni chatted with senior correspondents Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff about President Obama's latest campaign video, which reminds voters he inherited a bad economy from President George W. Bush. Gwen notes that argument only works for so long, and also pointed out that the "economy" means different things to different people when it comes to their votes.

White House Women's Forum Could Capitalize on Gender Gap

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President Obama is hosting a White House "forum on women and the economy" Friday, and aides are denying up and down that politics is afoot. Planned two weeks ago and featuring panels about business, women’s education, the workplace, health care, and violence against women, the event is a chance for the president to deliver a speech directed at women -- and for the administration to tout its record on “women’s economic security . . . through all stages of life.” At least 10 female administration officials are scheduled to moderate.