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Obama poised to make election history

Barack Obama stood on the threshold of history Monday as polls gave the Democrat a solid lead over John McCain on the last day of campaigning for the most dramatic US presidential vote in a generation.

But McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, vowed to confound the pollsters to stage a comeback and wrench victory from the African-American Obama's grasp on Tuesday.


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Democrats hope for a clean sweep

Democrats are hoping to take a stranglehold on political power in Washington in Tuesday's election and are all but assured of expanding their majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives.

Demoralized Republicans who fear seeing the White House fall to Democrat Barack Obama are bracing for more pain with the deepening economic crisis set to scythe through their ranks in Congress.

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Obama leads McCain in six key states

Democrat Barack Obama leads Republican John McCain in six of eight key battleground states one day before the U.S. election, including the big prizes of Florida and Ohio, according to a series of Reuters/Zogby polls released on Monday.

Obama holds a 7-point edge over McCain among likely U.S. voters in a separate Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby national tracking poll, up 1 percentage point from Sunday. The telephone poll has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.

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Obama takes battle to GOP turf

In the final weekend of a long race for the White House, Barack Obama promised to heal America's political divisions while rival John McCain fought to hold on to Republican-leaning states and pledged to score an upset.

For Obama, buoyed by record campaign donations and encouraging poll numbers, it was a time for soaring rhetoric and forays into Republican territory. "We have a righteous wind at our back," the Democrat said Saturday.

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McCain, Obama see red in final days

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama looked to pick up three red states on the final Saturday of the campaign, while Republican John McCain defended GOP turf before breaking to appear on "Saturday Night Live."

The candidates' travel plans heading into the campaign's final weekend had them almost completely focused on states that President Bush won in 2004.

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Obama’s aunt is an illegal alien

Barack Obama's aunt, a Kenyan woman who has been quietly living in public housing in Boston, is in the United States illegally after an immigration judge rejected her request for asylum four years ago, The Associated Press has learned.

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Still a lot of undecideds out there

Patrick Campbell worries Barack Obama will raise his taxes but thinks John McCain will send people off to war. He says that leaves him leaning toward Obama ... maybe.

"I'm split right down the middle," said the 50-year-old Air Force Reserve technician from Amherst, N.Y. "Each one has things that are good for me and things that are bad for me. And people like me."

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Looking back at the endless campaign

Can you believe it? It's almost over!

It seems as though we have been preparing for the 2008 election since 2004. What a ride! There was a time when the pundits said it was a given that Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic nominee. It was once a fact that John McCain's campaign was out of money and was dead, dead, dead. There was a post-Rev. Wright month when it seemed a feckless Barack Obama had lost for sure.


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Vetting Joe the Plumber

Joe Wurzelbacher, the now famous Joe the Plumber, was exercising one of his most basic rights as an American when he questioned Barack Obama about the Democrat's tax plan and spoke out against. It was political speech specifically protected by the Constitution.

That exchange brought him a lot of attention, some welcome, some not so welcome and some frankly sinister. He became practically the third person on the stage at the last presidential debate, being invoked 23 times by the candidate. He has appeared at a Sarah Palin rally.


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