US election: Daily Diet - 5 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.

In the final Daily Diet, on the last day of campaigning, we bring you a bumper crop of titbits. Thanks for being with us in recent weeks and bon appetit.

Quote of the day

"By the way, he's got a heck of a secretary of state, too"

Bill Clinton does the family's PR when addressing Obama supporters in New Hampshire

Picture of the day

image captionSupporters listen to Mitt Romney at a rally in Colorado

Random stat

High 40s - temperature forecast for election day in Cleveland, Ohio, the key swing state (that's about 9C)

A decent amount of sunshine will greet voters on Tuesday, according to local news organisations, which predict that weather should therefore not be a factor for voter turnout

Random stat two

$5,000 - Sarah Palin donation to the Romney ticket

Wonk point of the day

Mr President, you may as well give up now.

You may have Nate Silver and other pollsters calling the election in your favour but the Redskins Rule has been just as reliable over the years in predicting the outcome.

Since 1940, the outcome of the Washington Redskins last home game before the election has correctly predicted the outcome of the presidential election 17 out of 18 times.

If the Redskins lose, the challenger wins. If the Redskins win, the incumbent wins.

On Sunday, the Redskins lost 21-13 to the Carolina Panthers. The outcome bodes well for the Romney campaign, especially as the Redskins were the favourites to win.

Wonk point two of the day

The tallest US President was Abraham Lincoln at 6ft 4ins (193cm). The shortest was James Madison at 5ft 4ins (1.63cm). Mr Obama is 6ft 1in (185cm) and Mr Romney 6ft 2ins (1.88cm)

News from a swing state

No hint of the election in the Durango Herald, in south-west Colorado