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US election: Daily Diet - 24 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.

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An iconic American actor gets back on the political stage for Mitt Romney, months after an embarrassing turn at the Republican convention. And a third-party candidate makes a wardrobe suggestion.

Picture of the day

Light from a Mitt Romney rally at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado illuminate a team of Secret Service agents guarding the Republican candidate. The naturally formed, open-air amphitheatre is at the cusp between the American Great Plains and Rocky Mountains.

Quote of the day

When it comes to political campaign contributions, the candidates should be required to wear Nascar-like jackets with patches on the jackets

Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson complains about political big money - at a debate for third-party candidates who have none.

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Random stat

27 - Number of candidates on the ballot across the country, including Obama, Romney and a host of third-party hopefuls.

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Ad of the day

Iconic film actor Clint Eastwood voices an advert for Mitt Romney - and this time he doesn't bring an empty chair to argue with.

"If someone doesn't get the job done you've got to hold them accountable," he says. "Obama's second term would be a rerun of the first and our country just couldn't survive that."

News from a swing state

The Culpeper (Virginia) Star-Exponent leads with a crime story. But the paper's second story is about a local business featured in a pro-Romney advert.

Policy wonk point of the day

Since 1948, only once has a presidential candidate won the election without winning the state of Ohio. Democrat John F Kennedy won the White House in one of the closest elections of the 20th Century in 1960, when Republican Richard Nixon took the Mid-Western state.

That stat - and Ohio's prized 29 electoral votes - shows why Obama and Romney are so heavily invested in winning it.

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