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Voter Patty Smith hung on every word as John McCain and Sarah Palin addressed supporters at a rally in Lebanon, Ohio. Voter Patty Smith hung on every word as John McCain and Sarah Palin addressed supporters at a rally in Lebanon, Ohio. (Stephan Savoia/ Associated Press)
By Sasha Issenberg
Globe Staff / September 10, 2008

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ALBUQUERQUE - When he left St. Paul in the yawning hours of Friday morning, freshly crowned Republican nominee John McCain headed off to meet his opponent, Barack Obama, in a place neither had ever gone: a competitive partisan election. (Full article: 938 words)

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