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Friday, October 26, 2012

The Early Word: The Climb Gets Steeper

In Today's Times:

  • Republican efforts to win a Senate majority have become harder after missteps like Richard E. Mourdock's recent comments in Indiana about rape and abortion. Control of the Senate will have major implications for the next president's goals, no matter which candidate takes the White House, Jonathan Weisman reports.
  • In the final stretch of the race, Jim Rutenberg reports, President Obama's campaign staff is crunching the numbers, working on a get-out-the-vote strategy and putting their faith in the multimillion-dollar political machine they built for just such a close race.
  • Mitt Romney and President Obama may agree that the world is warming and that humans are at least partly to blame, but both candidates have avoided talking about climate change while they compete over who loves coal, oil and natural gas more, John M. Broder reports.
  • The presidential candidates are on track to raise more than $1 billion dollars each by Election Day. The sources of that money highlight the sharp divisions between the candidates on issues like abortion rights, government regulation and the economy, Nicholas Confessore and Jo Craven McGinty report.

Washington Happenings:

  • Mr. Obama will tape interviews at the White House and visit the Democratic National Committee's headquarters.
  • The Commerce Department will announce the gross domestic product for the third quarter.