Magazine article Newsweek

SWING STATE WATCH; the Hunt for Blue October

Magazine article Newsweek

SWING STATE WATCH; the Hunt for Blue October

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Byline: Andrew Romano

Thanks to his Miami win, Kerry hit St. Louis with a slim battleground lead. Now, with post debate polls pending, it's clear that W's strong second round staunched the bleeding. Tempe, here we come.

SPOTLIGHT: NEW MEXICO

Local polls: In '00, Gore won here by 366 votes, one of the smallest spreads in U.S. history. Expect another photo finish: Kerry's first debate performance has poll-vaulted him into a tie with W.

Big Issues: Immigration. Hoping to improve his weak 32% showing among New Mexican Hispanics, Bush has touted his "guest worker" proposal; Kerry has pledged to tackle the issue within 100 days of taking office.

Game Plans: Dem 527s -- some with the blessing of Gov. Bill Richardson -- are mobilizing Hispanics and Native Americans for Kerry. Both camps will target the swing city of Albuquerque, home to a third of N.M's votes.

OHIO:

Bush's been ahead here since mid-Aug. …

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