Political Headlines - November 5, 2012

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Here are the top political headlines from today:

  • Obama, Romney exhort crowds in dashes to vital states: The race remains extremely close, with both President Obama and Mitt Romney predicting victory but passionately urging their supporters to vote. Globe politics reporter Brian MacQuarrie and correspondent Callum Borchers detail.



  • Ballot questions intended to send leaders a message: In a pair of nonbinding ballot questions, some Mass. voters have the chance to tell the newly elected officials what they would like them to do when they get to Capitol Hill. Globe reporter Peter Schworm writes.



  • Region still has a passion for politics: As always, New England is a political hotbed full of close races and impassioned voters who take elections to heart. Globe columnist Adrian Walker writes. 


  • Brown, Warren push for votes at dueling rallies: Former Governor William Weld joined Senator Scott Brown at Faneuil Hall, while Senator John Kerry campaigned with Elizabeth Warren in Braintree. Globe politics reporter Stephanie Ebbert covers.


  • For Kennedy and Bielat, last days lack urgency: Nine months after a poll that showed Joseph P. Kennedy III with a solid lead over Sean Bielat in the Fourth District race, not much has changed. Globe reporter Martine Powers sets the scene.