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THE FINAL PITCHES

Candidates pulling out all last-minute stops

On tap today

Mitt Romney will travel to Florida, for a string of events in Tampa, Coral Gables, and Jacksonville. His running mate, Paul Ryan, will attend a rally in his home state of Wisconsin, in Eau Claire. President Obama canceled events in Ohio, and will remain in Washington to monitor the hurricane response efforts; Vice President Joe Biden will be in Ocala and Sarasota, Fla.

On the airwaves

Romney continues to make the pitch that he would do more for the auto industry, following up a television ad with a radio spot playing in northern Ohio, the site of auto plants and numerous parts manufacturers. The ad blames the government-guided bailout of the industry for the loss of jobs to China, something fact checkers have labeled false, and the Obama campaign has vociferously denounced.

On strategy

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In a shift, the Romney campaign has decided to join Republican super PACs and advertise in Pennsylvania, a sign that Republicans may see an opportunity in a territory previously considered safe for Obama. One new ad blames the Obama administration for the converting or closing of coal units in Pennsylvania and praises Romney as being a friend of the coal industry.

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