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Despite total spending near six billion dollars, only the candidates are predicting an end to political gridlock. Why is this still a historic election? We get some answers to that question and take a look at the ground games that could make a big difference tomorrow. Also, an update the ravages of Superstorm Sandy.

Banner image: Early voting center at Bauer Drive Community Recreation Center in Rockville, Maryland. Photo by Ben Schumin

Producers:
Anna Scott
Caitlin Shamberg
Katie Cooper

Making News Early Voting and Legal Challenges in Ohio and Florida 7 MIN, 24 SEC

In Florida, so-called early voters waited in line until two in the morning this weekend to cast their ballots. In Ohio, court challenges could cause long delays in the counting of ballots that could decide the presidential election. Andrew Cohen is chief analyst and legal analyst for CBS Radio News, legal analyst for 60 Minutes and contributing editor to The Atlantic magazine.

Guests:
Andrew Cohen, The Atlantic (@CBSAndrew)

Main Topic The Race Is Even and the Stakes Are High 35 MIN, 23 SEC

Both parties claim they'll take the nation in different directions, but Washington gridlock will likely continue whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is in the White House. But this could still be a "milestone election” as Democrats and Republicans strive to build new coalitions in a racially changing nation. In the meantime, national polls show the race for the White House is neck and neck, while polls of battleground states make Obama the favorite. We look at ground game established five years ago and the mathematics of the Electoral College.

Guests:
Ron Brownstein, National Journal (@RonBrownstein)
Sasha Issenberg, Slate (@sissenberg)
Sam Wang, Princeton Election Consortium (@SamWangPhD)
Mark McKinnon, No Labels (@mmckinnon)

The Victory Lab

Sasha Issenberg

Reporter's Notebook Thousands Homeless as Temperatures Plunge in New York Region 7 MIN, 45 SEC

Schools, buses and subways are beginning to function again, but tens of thousands in New York and New Jersey are homeless or still without power — with winter storms predicted in just two days. The ravages of Superstorm Sandy continue as officials struggle to provide basic necessities and Washington promises to pay for temporary housing.  Andrew Grossman is based in New York for the Wall Street Journal.

Guests:
Andrew Grossman, Wall Street Journal (@A_Grossman)

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