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The Lid: Both Sides Need to Turn Up Voter Turnout

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Polls, polls, polls! It's already been an action-packed week for data nerds, and we at the NBC News mothership did our part again today with new polls in the key swing states of North Carolina and Ohio. In the Tarheel State, Clinton is up by four points in a four way race; she gets support from 45 percent of likely voters, Trump gets 41 percent, and Libertarian Gary Johnson gets nine percent. (Jill Stein is not on the ballot in the state). In Ohio, it's Clinton 42 percent, Trump 41 percent, Johnson nine percent and Stein five percent.

Here's what's happening with that close Ohio race: our poll showed party ID in the state tied among respondents, but in the 2012 election, Democrats bested by Republicans by seven points overall. That means that the ultimate result is going to be all about which side turns out their voters most effectively, and by what margin. Yes, it's the worst cliché in politics: But it really is… all coming down to turnout.

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FOR THE RECORD…

"This wasn't just locker room banter, this was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behavior."

-- First Lady Michelle Obama in a rally for Hillary Clinton on Thursday.

TOMORROW'S SKED

Donald Trump campaigns in North Carolina.