A nostalgic Obama ends campaign in Iowa, where his political rise began
The president and his team are exuding confidence in the final hours before polls open on Tuesday, arguing that surveys of early voting are giving Mr. Obama an advantage in four of five battleground states.
But nationwide polls show the race as a dead heat, as both sides claimed to have locked up enough states to lay claim to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to secure victory.
Still on the hunt for undecided voters, Mr. Romney’s campaign added Election Day stops in Cleveland and Pittsburgh to his Tuesday schedule after campaigning in Fairfax, Va., on Monday.
“Tomorrow, on Nov. 6, we come together for a better future. And on Nov. 7, we’ll get to work,” Mr. Romney said Monday. “Now, I’d like you to reach across the street to that neighbor with the other yard sign — and we’ll reach across the aisle here in Washington to people of good faith in the other party. It’s much more than our moment. It’s America’s moment of renewal and purpose and optimism.”
Even though Iowa has just a meager six electoral votes, it plays a role in the Obama campaign’s Midwestern firewall strategy reflected in the president’s final dash for votes through Wisconsin, Ohio and Iowa on Monday.
Acknowledging the race would likely come down to the wire, Mr. Obama said the outcome now comes down his supporters’ level of enthusiasm and turnout.
“We have enough voters to win — it’s just a matter of whether they show up,” he told syndicated radio talk-show host Warren Ballentine in one of a series of radio interviews the president conducted Monday.
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