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Obama leading

Regardless, the state's in play.  A new CNN poll released on Friday shows Obama actually leading by a point.

"Montana's usually a reliably Republican state in presidential campaigns. It's been won by the Democrats only twice in the past half century. If you're a Republican and you're fighting for Montana in the last few days of the campaign, you're not in good shape," said CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib.

Florida 2000

Get this.  The Obama campaign has shipped 300 lawyers to the Big Sky state to assist with the election.  What will they do?  The Billings Gazette reports they will make sure that voters aren't "turned away or discouraged from voting."

Not only that but the Obama effort already "has 40 paid field directors, 14,000 volunteers and more than 60 'staging locations' statewide, where workers will coordinate a final get-out-the-vote push that began Friday and culminates Tuesday, Election Day."

"We are mounting a massive field effort to turn out voters, in a way that this state really hasn't seen before," said Caleb Weaver, an Obama spokesman.

Obama win

With Montana moving to toss-up status, CNN says if the election were held today, Obama would win with 291 electoral votes. A candidate needs only 270 to win.

If Obama were to grab Montana, part of the credit would go to Texas congressman Ron Paul.  He's on the ballot representing the Constitutional party.  And he's polling at four percent of the vote.

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