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Looking comfortable, front-runner Obama teases a crowd

October 26, 2008 |  6:34 pm

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Barack Obama blew through Colorado today on his fifth visit in recent months, and here in this tree-lined college town an hour north of Denver he had some fun with the crowd, as a comfortable front-runner might.

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He asked its members to raise their hand if they had already cast their ballots.

“That’s what I like to see,” he said. “If you have not yet early-voted, then talk to that person who is raising their hand next to you and find out how to early vote. It’s easy. It’s fun. You’ll feel morally superior having already cast your ballot while those lazy procrastinators are waiting until Nov. 4.”

Early voting has been a big theme of Obama's recent campaign. For one thing,....

m...it ends the arguments with his opposition and precludes any mind-changing should there be a surprise between now and Nov. 4 or inclement weather that day.

“I especially want you to vote early if you’re voting for me," the freshman Illinois senator added. "If you’re voting for the other guy, you should just wait until Nov. 5,” he added, chuckling.

“I’m just teasing," he added. "Nov. 4 is the election.”

Tomorrow, Obama heads to Canton, Ohio, and then Pittsburgh in crucial Pennsylvania, where Hillary Clinton clobbered him last spring with so many bitter, small-town, gun-clinging, religious voters.

Obama is scheduled to deliver his closing argument to voters, after a 22-month campaign.

The little bit of information campaign sources have released makes it sound like a retread of his stump speech of recent days, painting John McCain as a continuation of the Bush administration, and arguing Obama is the candidate who can rise over partisanship to fix the economy, clean up Washington, create jobs, provide healthcare access to all, fix schools, etc., etc.

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