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Spin Control

Wednesday’s quickie political briefing

Here's how pollster.com sees Washington's gubernatorial race shaping up.

Debate watch: Spokane Democrats will be at Toad Hall, 1437 W. Dean; College Republicans will host a party

Here are today's headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press.

Final debate offers McCain another chance to shake up presidential race

In her first New Hampshire trip, Palin highlights anti-tax sentiment shared by Alaskans

Republican Party ends presidential ads in Wisconsin, Maine; increases budget for red states

High turnout in Ga. early voting could be a promising sign for Obama

To read the stories behind these headlines, click here and scroll down.

COUNTDOWN
20 days until the election
14 days to apply by mail for an absentee ballot in Idaho
5 days until the deadline to register to vote in Washington by going to the county elections office
1 day until the next 5th District congressional debate. Taped in advance, televised on KSPS-TV Channel 7 and 790 KJRB at 7 p.m.
Tonight is the last presidential debate, 6 p.m. on most broadcast and cable news channels.
Tonight is the last Washington gubernatorial debate, 8 p.m. in Seattle, carried in Spokane on Channel 22.
Today ballots are being mailed in Washington
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DAILY TRACK
Democrat Barack Obama has a 7-percentage-point lead over Republican John McCain — 50 percent to 43 percent — among registered voters, according to the latest Gallup Poll daily tracking update.
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THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Prez/Veep
Barack Obama participates in the final presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Joe Biden campaigns in Ohio.
John McCain also participates in the presidential debate in Hempstead, N.Y. Sarah Palin campaigns in New Hampshire.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Just be yourself.” — Former Vice President Dan Quayle’s advice to GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.



The Spokesman-Review's political team keeps a critical eye on local, state and national politics.