In the final throes of a spirited campaign, President Barack Obama and rival Mitt Romney are awaiting one more measure of the nation's economic pulse - a monthly jobs report that will leave an imprint on the last four frenetic days of the presidential contest.
The Labor Department will announce new hiring numbers and the October unemployment rate Friday, a fitting end to a nail-biting political match dominated by the economy.
That data fresh in hand, both candidates are plunging into a hectic pace of campaigning Friday, with Obama eager to fend off Romney in the key battleground of Ohio even as Romney pushes to expand the contest to other states, most notably Pennsylvania, to secure the 270 electoral votes needed to win.
The president has events in Hilliard, Springfield and Lima on Friday. He'll also be in the northeast part of the state on Saturday. More Ohio stops are planned for the day before the election.
The Republicans plan a star filled stop in southwest Ohio on Friday night. The West Chester event will feature Jack Nicklaus, Condoleezza Rice, and U.S. House Speaker John Boehner among others. Romney also has northeast Ohio stops planned for the weekend.
As the candidates hit the ground, it appears both camps are “lawyering up” before Election Day.
Both Obama and Romney have legions of lawyers ready with control of the White House in the balance on Election Day.
One nightmare scenario would be results in a battleground state like Florida or Ohio too close to call, with thousands of absentee or provisional ballots yet to be counted.
Experts say the key is whether the difference in votes between the two candidates is within what's known as the "margin of litigation." That means the number of outstanding votes must be much greater than the margin separating Obama and Romney when the smoke clears. And, it must be in a state that's decisive.
Attorneys on both sides are poised at both the national level and in the key states to respond immediately.
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