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US election: Daily Diet - 18 October

As the election looms, the bombardment of stories, figures and headlines can be overwhelming. But no longer - we've diced and sliced a daily helping of tasty political morsels for your consumption.

It's a 24-hour news cycle presented in bite-sized chunks - your one-stop shop for all the best titbits from the campaign trail. Send us your contributions using the form at the bottom of the page.

Today, Californians weigh in on a debate that never happened.

Picture of the day

At a Mitt Romney rally in Virginia, a photographer captures a dramatic image of an increasingly dramatic campaign.

Random stat

4 - Number of female partners at Romney's old private equity firm Bain Capital, out of 49, who are women.

Romney's critics spent Wednesday scrutinising his professional background after he said aides had once brought him "whole binders full of women" when he was recruiting for cabinet positions in Massachusetts. The term became an instant internet meme.

Read more at the New Yorker

Quote of the day

I have to say Michelle Obama. She really did a lot better. Her speech was more... finely well cut.

Late night comedy show Jimmy Kimmel Live asked pedestrians on Hollywood Boulevard who they thought had won the previous night's debate between First Lady Michelle Obama and Anne Romney. That did not happen, of course, much as we would love to see it. But the people of Hollywood nevertheless weighed in. Tomorrow they will share their thoughts on tonight's debate between JFK and Nixon.

See more at ABC

Quote of the day 2

You want to rush down to the stage and take a swing at him. But you know you can't do that because, well, first because there's a lot of Secret Service between you and him, but also because that's the nature of the process.

Tagg Romney, Mitt Romney's eldest son, tells a North Carolina radio station his reaction to hearing Obama accuse his father of lying.

From the looks of it, the two men on stage had the same idea.

Read more at Buzzfeed

Most talked about ad

A new Romney spot tries to clarify his stance on abortion. Former Obama supporter Sarah Minto says she researched Romney's position and found that "in fact, he thinks abortion should be an option in cases of rape, incest, or to save a mother's life".

News in a swing state

In Hampton Roads, Virginia, the Daily Press reports on Romney's effort to win over the women's vote.

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