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Final dash before the election

By CNN Producer Abbi Tatton

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The Election Express bus was on Arizona State University's campus in Tempe, Arizona, for the final presidential debate.
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- With less than two weeks to go until November 2, the CNN Election Express is on a final dash across the country to bring you campaign news from all corners of the United States.

Along with stops in Miami, Cleveland, St. Louis and Tempe for the debates, the bus pulled into Santa Fe, New Mexico, where we met up with Judy Woodruff and Anderson Cooper to broadcast shows from the city's historic plaza. Anderson and the bus drew a large crowd despite the rain, among them a young girl with a homemade 'Anderson for President' sign we seem to see at every stop.

After the final presidential debate in Arizona, the Election Express headed north through desert and mountains to Colorado, a battleground state whose Electoral College ballot initiative could prove pivotal in this election. Against the stunning backdrop of the Flatiron Mountains at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the bus crew ignored cold winds that almost toppled one anchor off her chair and turned on "Inside Politics" and "Anderson Cooper 360" for a crowd of cheering students. Special thanks go to Bus Driver Dale, who battled the wind for the entire 90 minutes of "Inside Politics" holding a scrim to shield anchor Judy Woodruff from the elements.

Now entering the final stretch, the bus has rolled 800 miles east to Mason City, Iowa for a campaign stop with President Bush. We'll all head to Philadelphia next week where former President Bill Clinton will be stumping with Sen. John Kerry. Stay tuned!


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