Early voting results show the vote total for Democrats is relatively lower than in Election 2008, and the GOP's is higher. Republican strategists say this is a sign of weakness for Obama. Still, Republicans trail Democrats in early voting.
Election Cake has been served on Election Day since the early 1880s. This hearty fruit cake was traditionally baked to serve farmers who had left their fields for a few days to journey into town and vote.
Politics is messy, expensive, comical, infuriating, and often dispiriting -- especially after an interminable US presidential campaign. But voting itself ... that's the real point of democracy.