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Month in brief:
Two further presidential debates took place this month, but despite heated exchanges over domestic policy and security, neither candidate emerged as clear front runner. The vice-presidential debate, also held this month, saw John Edwards and incumbent Dick Cheney clash over Iraq.

Mon 18 Polling stations open in Florida, one of 32 states
to allow early voting
Related story: Focus on Florida as voting begins
Tues 19
Weds 20 A US broadcaster says it will air parts of a film critical of John Kerry's Vietnam record
Related story: Parts of anti-Kerry film will air
Thu 21 Theresa Heinz Kerry apologises after criticising
First Lady Laura Bush
Related story: Mrs Kerry sorry for Mrs Bush slur
Fri 22
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Sun 24 Influential newspaper the Washington Post endorses John Kerry
Related story: Washington Post backs Kerry
Source: FEC, 8 January 2004. Dates are subject to change

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