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The Morning Report

In the Headlines

"End of Battle Centers on Turf Bush Carried" (Adam Nagourney and Jeff Zeleny, New York Times) - Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama are heading into the final week of the presidential campaign planning to spend nearly all their time in states that President Bush won last time, testimony to the increasingly dire position of Mr. McCain and his party as Election Day approaches.

"Defiant John McCain pledges no sleep till victory over Barack Obama" (James Meek, New York Daily News) - John McCain promised a fight to the end of the presidential campaign yesterday despite gloomy polls, Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama and reported backbiting among campaign aides. "We're going to win it, and it's going to be tight, and we're going to be up late [on Election Night]," McCain said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"Rally pulls record-setting crowd" (Kirk Mitchell, Denver Post) - Close to 150,000 Coloradans in two cities stood in hours-long lines to listen to the Democratic presidential candidate nine days before the Nov. 4 general election.

"Economy Casts Shadow Over Local Ballot Measures" (Dionne Searcey and Easha Anand, Wall Street Journal) - State ballot initiatives can't do much to address the Wall Street financial crisis, but its continuing economic fallout is bound to affect how angry voters decide scores of local issues on Election Day.

On the Morning Shows

Early Show - Mitt Romney on Sarah Palin: "Of course anyone is going to make some mistakes. I think she's fired up the base and is drawing up volunteers. Some of the polls show us a very tight race, that gives us a lot of encouragement. You want someone who has been tested and proven."

Gov Tim Kaine on Obama's chances in Virginia: "We've got a very good chance. Since we haven't done it since 1964 we've got to consider ourselves the underdog. I haven't seen a poll where we've been behind since early October."

(Greg Bobrinskoy contributed to the Morning Report.)