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Monday, August 27, 2012

Key Dates Between Now and Election Day


President Obama and Mitt Romney have 71 days of campaigning from Monday until the election. The closing chapter of the race will be highlighted by a handful of marquee events that could change the dynamic of the contest. The political conventions will give way to a burst of campaigning in September, followed by the closely watched debates in October. While the election is not until Nov. 6, tens of millions of voters will not wait. Early voting begins in less than a month in Iowa, and four years ago, 88 percent of the electorate in the battleground state of Colorado cast their ballots before Election Day.

AUGUST 27-30Republican National Convention, Tampa, Fla.
SEPT. 4-6< /td>Democratic National Convention, Charlotte, N.C.
SEPT. 7Unemployment data released for August
SEPT. 27Early voting begins in Iowa
OCT. 2Early voting begins in Ohio
OCT. 3Presidential debate, Denver
OCT. 5Unemployment data released for September
OCT. 11Vice-presidential debate, Danville, Ky.
OCT. 16Presidential debate, Hempstead, N.Y.
OCT. 22Presidential debate, Boca Raton, Fla.
NOV. 2Unemployment data released for October
NOV. 6Election Day