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Obama and Romney line up post-election lawyers

Presidential candidates prepare for potential election disputes

There are a couple of lawyers that may be very busy come Nov. 7.

President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney are lining up a couple of high-powered lawyers to handle any post-election disputes—and considering how close this race seems to be, we can all expect some drama.

Obama has reached out to his former White House Counsel Robert Bauer to lead him through any post-election legal challenges. Bauer, a former partner at Perkins Coie, has spoken out against efforts by the Republican party to alter voting laws in some states—including Ohio, a battleground state.

Romney has tapped Benjamin Ginsberg, who served as chief legal counsel for George W. Bush's presidential campaigns in 2000 and 2004. Currently a partner at Patton Boggs, Ginsberg has served as national counsel to Romney’s presidential campaign.

According to Thomson Reuters, the two lawyers have already been “quiet players” in the campaigns of both candidates so far, and negotiated the deals for all four of the election debates. “For decades, Ginsberg and Bauer have given partisan legal advice for campaigns, recounts and election court battles,” the Thomson Reuters article reports.

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