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Axelrod, Scarborough: The great mustache bet

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WASHINGTON--Are Minnesota, Michigan and Pennsylvania really in play this close to the election? Is Mitt Romney expanding his path to 270 electoral votes? Obama senior adviser David Axelrod says no--and made a bet with MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Wednesday that he would shave his moustache of 40 years if Obama failed to win those states.

After Scarborough contended the map is expanding for Romney on the Wednesday show, Axelrod disputed him saying, "here's what is true. In the era of super PACs, there's a lot of money out there and people can take flyers on states that they don't necessarily think they're going to win. I'm telling you Joe, with all due respect to the public polls that are out there, they are all over the map. I can only rely on the information that I have that I count on, that is solid research.

"I will come on "Morning Joe" and I will shave off my mustache of 40 years if we lose any of those three states."

Scarborough clarified, "So if you lose Minnesota, Michigan or Pennsylvania, you will shave off that mustache?"

Axelrod agreed to do the deed on the show and added a provision for Scarborough: "Yes, but what I should do is make a deal with you, is that you'll grow one if we win them."

Said Scarborough, "But I will grow a mustache if you guys win Florida or North Carolina. How's that? Is that a deal?

Axelrod clarified, "Florida and/or North Carolina?"

And the deal is made.

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