updated 6/22/2004 4:52:23 PM ET 2004-06-22T20:52:23

Despite the fact that the presidential contest is now effectively down to two men — President Bush and Sen. John Kerry — it’s still a challenge for any voter to drill down on the candidates’ campaign themes, their personal roots and how their messages play with the people. The Washington Post’s veteran political reporting staff has spent months doing just that and the results are collected here. Click on a candidate's name above to read the Post's coverage.

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