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US election: Daily Diet - 2 November

As the election looms, the bombardment of stories, figures and headlines can be overwhelming. But no longer - we've diced and sliced a daily helping of tasty political morsels for your consumption.

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Bill Clinton is everywhere, and voters decide whether to legalise a drug many of them are already using anyway.

Quote of the day

"He is the bride at every wedding, the corpse at every funeral"

Dee Dee Myers, Bill Clinton's former press secretary, on his frenetic campaigning this week


Random stat

Three - Number of states holding election day referendums on marijuana legalisation. Seventeen states already allow some form of medical marijuana use - though the federal government forbids it.

On Tuesday, Colorado, Oregon Washington and will vote whether to allow the sale and recreational use of the drug.

In those states, 9.2%, 8.6% and 7.4% of the population, respectively, are current marijuana users, according to the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The national average is 6%.

Read about that and nine other measures on the ballot from the BBC

Wonk point of the day

Since 1952, voter turnout has increased in all but two presidential elections - the 1988 contest between George Bush Sr and Michael Dukakis and 1996, when President Bill Clinton ran for re-election against Republican Senator Bob Dole.

Read more from the US House of Representatives office of the clerk

News from a swing state

The Athens, Ohio, Messenger leads with crime - and Bill Clinton on the stump for Obama.

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