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Dear Undecided Voters: We Hate You

Timothy Egan wants these 'idiots' to make up their minds

(Newser) - If you're an undecided voter, it's time to make up your mind. "The rest of us are sick of pretending to care about you, saying nice things about you, doing your damn laundry," writes Timothy Egan in the New York Times . "You are not Solomon,... More »

1 in 3 Voters Still Undecided

Good news for Dems? Not likely, poll finds

(Newser) - A third of voters still haven’t settled on their choices for Election Day, an AP-GfK poll finds. Sounds like good news for the Dems—but in fact, 45% of “persuadable” undecideds are leaning Republican, while only 38% are leaning Democrat, giving the GOP the same 7-point margin it... More »

What's With Those Undecideds?

The NY Times chats with some of the 4% who remain unsure

(Newser) - After a long campaign season, John McCain and Barack Obama have had ample chance to define themselves in America’s eyes—yet 4% of the country, a recent poll says, remains undecided. The New York Times spoke to a few of these “gray-state” voters to see what was holding... More »

Undecided Voters Agree: Choosing Is Tough

Undecideds waiting for candidates to provide tell-tale slip-up

(Newser) - Undecided voters want one thing from John McCain and Barack Obama: a reason to vote for one of them—or not. “I’m waiting for one of them to shoot himself in the leg,” one torn Floridian tells the LA Times. "I just don't trust politicians,"... More »

Candidates Bombard Swing States With Radio Ads

Campaigns like low cost, lower accountability

(Newser) - Although conventional radio may seem obsolete, it is an important tool of the presidential campaigns this year, USA Today reports. Political advertising is flooding the airwaves in battleground states as the campaigns take advantage of the cost: $500 to $600 per airing for a 30-second spot in Northern Virginia, compared... More »

Barack Gets Heat at Barbecue Joint

Ugly atmosphere over NC lunch for 'socialist'

(Newser) - Barack Obama and aides bought lunch at a North Carolina barbecue restaurant in Fayetteville yesterday in an uneasy atmosphere that illustrates how tensely divided voters are in the state just two weeks before the election. One woman yelled, "Socialist! socialist! Get out of here!" as another angry customer... More »

Working-Class Anger May Boil Over Soon

(Newser) - For a while now, the divide between rich and poor has gotten bigger, but it "hasn't sparked an outright political revolt," writes Reihan Salam in the Atlantic. That could change soon. Our fragile, 20-year "consumption compromise"—the era of cheap goods and cheap credit keeping economic... More »

Swing Voters Not Worth the Effort

Swing voters don't matter, but campaigns still chase them

(Newser) - Swinging both ways may be a thrill, but presidential candidates should still ignore it, Ezra Klein writes in the Los Angeles Times. Not only are swing voters "contemptible" for their prolonged ambivalence, they cost candidates millions of dollars in the election's waning weeks. And these typically rural and... More »

NH Reports Record Turnout

Polling places scramble to find enough ballots

(Newser) - New Hampshire polling places are reporting record turnout for today's primaries, and the secretary of state’s office is sending more ballots to precincts overrun with voters. There’s no telling yet if predictions of 500,000 primary voters in the state of 1.3 million will pan out, but... More »

Clinton Wells Up: 'This Is Very Personal'

Uncharacteristic show of emotion sways small audience

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton showed emotion more characteristic of her husband at a New Hampshire coffee shop today, fighting back tears as she talked about the race with a group of 16 undecided voters. After an hour of discussing policy, the candidate’s voice broke: “It’s not easy, and I... More »

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