For Obama, Voters, Election is No Laughing Matter

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In just five days, voters will determine the balance of power in the U.S. Congress. Tensions are rising and many races across the country are tightening. That's a couple of the reasons why President Barack Obama was a guest on Jon Stewart's Daily Show Wednesday night to rally the youth vote.

If he had it to do all over again, President Obama said he would change his campaign slogan.

"I think what I would say is 'Yes we can, but it is not going to happen over night,'" he told Stewart.

The question remains if voters have the patience to wait.

In Nevada, allegations of voter fraud and intimidation are flying as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, (D), tries to fend off Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle.

CBN News White House Correspondent David Brody is currently on the campaign trail in Nevada following the Tea Party Express.  Click here for his comments.

In Alaska, the state Supreme Court blocked a lower court's ruling that would have stopped election officials from handing out names of write-in candidates at polling places. That was good news to incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski, (R), who's running a write-in campaign after losing the GOP primary to Joe Miller.

As races come into the homestretch in the final days of campaigning -- like the matchup in Pennsylvania between Democratic congressman Joe Sestak and Republican Pat Toomey -- voters understand the stakes are high.

Democrats are trying to turn out black voters who helped elect Obama in 2008.

"I think the turnout will definitely make a difference," said Andre Martinsburg, a voter from West Virginia.

The University of Virginia's Center for Politics is predicting Republicans pick up a net gain of 55 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and eight in the U.S. Senate.

If that holds true, GOP leaders face a daunting task, but they have already started drafting an agenda that includes billions in spending cuts and tax breaks.

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