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US election: Daily Diet - 1 November

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.

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We have Castro for Obama, apparently, Powell for Obama, definitely, and four-year-old Abigael Evans for - absolutely - neither candidate. Gary Johnson, perhaps?

Quote of the day

"I'm tired of Bronco Bama and Mitt Romney"

Sometimes, it takes the straight-talking, unfiltered mind of a child to articulate what a nation is thinking.

And Abigael Evans, four, from Colorado, has done just that, by tearfully announcing that the saturation coverage of the race of the White House has all got too much.

We feel your pain, Abby, we really do.

Watch Abigael on YouTube

Picture of the day

Romney and a supporter give the hand sign for the University of Miami after a rally on 31 October. The school is known nationally for its football team, which is called - wait for it - the Hurricanes.

Ad of the day

Enter the surrogate campaigners - Colin Powell and, er, Hugo Chavez

First up, it's the Obama team's advert featuring the former secretary of state endorsing the president on CBS News.

Then we have the Romney campaign quietly running a Spanish-language advert in Florida trying to link Obama with Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez and Cuban leader Fidel Castro, suggesting the men approve of the president's policies and politics.

VOICEOVER (IN SPANISH): Who supports Barack Obama?

CHAVEZ: "If I were American, I'd vote for Obama."

The Miami Herald, which spotted the advert, said the Romney campaign would not give them a copy of it, forcing the paper's blog to offer a "cheap iPhone video recording".

Read more at the Miami Herald

Random stat

64 is the percentage of voters in battleground states who get "robocalls" from campaigns but do not listen to them, which raises the obvious question - who are the 36% who do?

Read more at Pew Research Center

Wonk point of the day

Tim Russert was known as an unusually aggressive interviewer

The terms red state and blue state referring to the reliable Republican and Democratic-voting states was coined by veteran television newsman Tim Russert on a 30 October 2000 broadcast of Meet the Press.

News from a swing state

The Palm Beach Post leads with news of super-storm Sandy.

The BBC will be providing full online live results of the US presidential election on 6 November. More details here

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