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Final 100 hours before Election Day

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The clock started ticking Friday on the final 100 hours before Election Day. Voter turnout questions, the Superstorm Sandy effect and a final pre-election jobs report are all in play.

90 MILLION WON'T VOTE

A nationwide USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll estimates 90 million Americans won't vote this year. Despite two-thirds of those non-voter being registered to vote, and 80 percent saying the government plays an important role in their lives, there's no shortage of reasons.

Being too busy, a lack of enthusiasm for either candidate and a feeling that their vote doesn't really matter were some of the top reasons given by survey respondents.

2008 saw the highest voter turnout in any presidential election since 1960, but nearly 80 million eligible voters didn't go to the polls. And American voters haven't broken the 60 percent mark since 1968.

STATES HIT BY SUPERSTORM SANDY PREP FOR ELECTION DAY

NEW YORK (AP) -- Election officials were ordering generators, moving voting locations and figuring out how to transport poll workers displaced from coastal areas as Tuesday's presidential election became the latest challenge for states whacked by Superstorm Sandy.

Few expected the tight presidential contest between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to be affected by voting problems caused by the storm.

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Q&A: COULD SANDY POSTPONE THE ELECTION?

Yes, but it's highly unlikely, and it's not up to the president. Congress sets the date for the presidential election - the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, every fourth year. Congress could act within the next week to change the date, but that would be tough because lawmakers are on recess and back home in their districts campaigning for re-election

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PAUL RYAN TO HOLD MINNEAPOLIS AIRPORT RALLY

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will be hosting a "victory rally" Sunday afternoon at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Ryan was in Hudson, Wis. on Tuesday but did not hold campaign events.

BIDEN IN WISCONSIN

Vice President Biden is in Wisconsin for events in Beloit and Superior on Friday. Biden is encouraging supporters to vote early and sharing the Obama-Biden vision for an economy built from the middle class out.

THE JOBS REPORT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Labor Department reported that U.S. employers added 171,000 jobs in October and that hiring was stronger over the previous two months than first thought. The unemployment rate inched up to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in September because the workforce grew.

With that final snapshot of the nation's economy before Election Day in hand, both candidates were plunging into a hectic pace of campaigning.

Obama said the job growth is part of a pattern of "real progress" that includes a stronger auto industry, rising home values and less dependence on foreign oil. But Romney called the report a "sad reminder" the economy is at a "virtual standstill."

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