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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 10/29/2012

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More proof of an organized jihadist attack. “It began around nightfall on Sept. 11 with around 150 bearded gunmen, some wearing the Afghan-style tunics favored by Islamic militants, sealing off the streets leading to the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. They set up roadblocks with pick-up trucks mounted with heavy machine guns, according to witnesses. . . .Within 24 hours of the attack, both the embassy in Tripoli and the CIA station chief sent word to Washington that it was a planned militant attack. Still, days later, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice, said the attack began as a spontaneous protest over the film.”

More evidence the electoral map is expanding for Mitt Romney. “As the presidential race tightens across the country, a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll has found that it is narrowing here as well, with President Obama holding a 3-point lead and Republican Mitt Romney making gains in the state. The poll shows Obama with support from 47 percent of likely voters and Romney earning backing from 44 percent — a lead within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.”

More nonsense from Stephanie Cutter. “Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter on Sunday dismissed the Des Moines Register endorsement of GOP candidate Mitt Romney, saying it was not ‘based at all in reality.’ ‘They endorsed Mitt Romney in the primary, so this was not much of a surprise,’ said Cutter on ABC’s ‘This Week’ of the influential swing-state paper’s backing for President Obama’s challenger.” No one not on the Obama payroll thinks this isn’t a big deal.

More trouble for President Obama. “With the presidential contest in Virginia teetering on a knife’s edge, Mitt Romney is counting on the economic concerns of suburban women to lock up a state that’s almost a must-carry for him. Joanie Smerdzinski, 34, is one of them. She voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and still finds him more likable than his Republican rival. . . . But personality and social issues won’t secure her vote. ‘I think the economy is the key issue,’ said Smerdzinski, who was only leaning toward Romney until he surprised her with his performance in the first debate. ‘I thought he handled himself well and seemed to have a better plan to get the economy on track.’”

More momentum. “Florida’s top politicos believe by an overwhelming margin that Mitt Romney will carry the state on Election Day. According to the latest Tampa Bay Times survey of 120 of Florida’s top political insiders, 73 percent expect Romney will win Florida, compared to just 27 percent who think President Barack Obama will win the state a second time.”

More evidence Romney has his base locked up. “In the final sprint before Election Day, Mitt Romney’s closing argument comes with a heavy helping of bipartisanship and a dash of local flavor. As Mr. Romney rattled off plans to give the economy a jolt by increasing energy production, cutting taxes on small businesses and improving the education system, he said it would take both parties to get there.”

More backpedaling confusion from Obama. “President Obama ‘has and continues to support’ the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, an Obama campaign spokeswoman told BuzzFeed on Saturday, strongly rejecting suggestions otherwise in recent news reports. . . . The remarks came following an ABC News report that characterized an answer Obama gave to an MTV interview by stating that the president ‘demurred’ when ‘[a]sked if he would use his second term as a platform to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act ... saying he viewed it as an issue for the states to decide.’”

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