Thursday in politics: Frenetic campaigning, Obama votes, and more

Phil Pruitt
The Ticket

The pace of the campaigning in the presidential race will tire you out just reading about it.

President Barack Obama, who is in the midst of his "48-hour, fly-around campaign marathon extravaganza," will hit three states Thursday — Florida, Virginia and Ohio. He won all three in 2008. All three are on the bubble in 2012.

Mitt Romney will campaign Thursday in Ohio, and running mate Paul Ryan will be in Virginia. Ohio, also won by Obama in 2008, is on the bubble, too.

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What about the Romney surrogates? Ann Romney will be campaigning in Florida; Tagg Romney, one of the five Romney sons, will be stumping in Virginia; Sen. John McCain also will be in Florida; and Sen. Marco Rubio will attend events in Wisconsin.

First lady Michelle Obama makes her first appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."  She shares the guest list with actress Halle Berry and musical star Ciara. Speaking of Hollywood stars, actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith will host an Obama fundraiser at their Los Angeles home on Thursday, and the first lady will be there.

And then there is this: President Obama also will swing by Chicago on Thursday to vote early and in person. It marks the first time a presidential nominee has not voted in person on Election Day.

Sources: Yahoo! News, Associated Press