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On the road again ...

CNN Election Express stops in NH before heading to Boston

Eileen McMenamin
Senior Election Express Producer

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CNN Senior Election Express producer Eileen McMenamin aboard the bus.
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CONCORD, New Hampshire (CNN) -- The CNN Election Express has arrived in New England, and it was a beautiful trip up from CNN Headquarters in Atlanta through nine states and D.C.

Since the Election Express's mission this year is to follow "the road to the White House," we had to make sure we got a look at the real thing as we started our journey across the country to highlight the issues facing the nation and voters.

As you'd expect it's much cooler up here than Atlanta -- the high Sunday in the upper 70s -- but back down south vice presidential candidate John Edwards was in a warmer climate addressing Florida voters -- and raising the political temperature.

He made several comments about the 2000 elections, saying this time, Democrats will get voters "mobilized" and "to the polls" and mobilizing the base could be the key to victory for both parties.

A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released July 12 found 50 percent would support the Kerry-Edwards ticket, and 46 percent would vote for President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. A previous poll, conducted June 21-23, found Bush barely leading Kerry, 48-47.

Those recent polls may be part of the reason the 'too close to call' 2000 election is on the minds of many political players.

With the race close, the upcoming Democratic Convention -- the next big date in the election calendar -- could prove important as the Kerry-Edwards camp tries to reach out to voters.

This week, the team on the Election Express looks at how the Kerry campaign is gearing up for the Democratic Convention in Boston and how the Bush-Cheney team will counter in their campaign.

We'll be in the New Hampshire capital of Concord all day Monday. Look for our first live appearance around 1 p.m. ET. "Judy Woodruff's Inside Politics" and "Crossfire" will originate live from the Election Express later in the afternoon.

Then we move on to Boston to see how the city is preparing. Keep an eye out for regular dispatches at CNN.com/bus.


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