One month left

President Barack Obama’s campaign and Democrats have posted an impressive fundraising haul, easing the party’s concerns that he would face a significant money disadvantage against his well-financed Republican rival in the crucial closing days. Mitt Romney is shrugging off a drop in unemployment — an issue at the heart of the race — contending it’s “crystal clear” a jobs crisis endures.

It’s Oct. 7, and the 30-day countdown to Election Day begins now. The closing chapter of the race will be highlighted by a burst of trail action and a handful of marquee events that could change the dynamic of the contest (if, as detailed above, the race isn’t shaken up enough yet). Some key dates:

Oct. 8: Ballots are mailed to out-of-state Oregon voters.

Oct. 11: First and only vice presidential debate, in Danville, Ky.

Oct. 16: Voter registration deadline in Oregon. Also, the second presidential debate, in Hempstead, N.Y.

Oct. 19-23: Ballots are mailed in Oregon (other than overseas, military and out-of-state voters).

Oct. 22: Third and final presidential debate, in Boca Raton, Fla.

Nov. 2: Unemployment data is released for October.

Nov. 6: Election Day.

Sources: New York Times, The Associated Press, Oregon Secretary of State website

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