Obama and Romney raced through seven battleground states on Monday to hammer home their final themes, urge supporters to go to the polls and try to woo the last remaining undecided voters.
Obama focused on Wisconsin, Ohio and Iowa, the three Midwestern swing states that, barring surprises elsewhere, would insure that he reaches the 270 electoral votes needed to win. Romney visited the must-win states of Florida, Virginia and Ohio, before finishing in New Hampshire, where he launched his presidential run in June last year.
After two days of nearly round-the-clock travel, Obama wrapped up his final campaign tour in Des Moines, Iowa, with a speech that hearkened back to his 2008 campaign.
“I’ve come back to Iowa one more time to ask for your vote. I came back to ask you to help us finish what we’ve started, because this is where our movement for change began,” he told a crowd of about 20,000 people.
Obama’s voice broke and he wiped away tears as he reflected on those who had helped his campaign.
Romney’s final day included stops in Florida, Virginia, Ohio and New Hampshire. The former governor of Massachusetts ended Monday at a raucous “Final Victory” rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, the city where he launched his campaign last year.
“We’re one day away from a fresh start. We’re one day away from a new beginning,” the candidate told the crowd of 12,000 at a sports arena in the center of the city.