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Possible Election Shockers

Jobs Jolt

Romney has pinned his campaign on the idea that Obama has failed to fix the economy and left too many people without work.

Throughout Obama's term, a high unemployment rate and joblessness caused plenty of consternation. He finally caught some good news in October, when the unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent — below 8 percent for the first time in his presidency — as employers added 114,000 the month before.

The last jobs report before the election will be released Nov. 2, a week from Friday.

Democrats worry that even a small tick upward would have a psychological impact on fence-sitting voters anxious for clues about where the country is headed. Another notable drop in the rate could take steam out of Romney's argument.


(AP Photo)

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