Obama, Romney Head to Key States on Election Eve

Chris Simkins
President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney make their closing arguments to voters on the final day of campaigning in the U.S presidential election. Both campaigns are working to encourage loyal supporters and attract undecided voters - with less than 24 hours before millions of Americans cast their ballots.

It is a sprint to the finish for Obama and Romney in an exceedingly close U.S. presidential race. With just hours until polls open, the candidates are making 14 stops in eight key states needed to win the election.

Battleground states in the 2012 U.S. presidential election
Battleground states in the 2012 U.S. presidential election
Both men are spending their final hours in Ohio, an important state where President Obama took aim at Romney's plan to cut taxes for wealthy Americans.

"This is not just a choice between two candidates or two parties, it is a choice between two different visions of America," the president told supporters. "It is a choice between a return to the top-down policies that crashed our economy or the strong growing middle-class based policies that are getting us out of a crisis."

"Your state is the one we are counting on," Romney said during a campaign event. "This is the one we have to win."

Former Massachusetts governor Romney also visited Ohio to make his final case to voters, and he spoke to 20,000 supporters in Pennsylvania.

"If there is anyone who wonders if better jobs and better pay checks are a thing of the past, I have a clear and unequivocal message, 'With the right leadership, America is about to come roaring back," he promised.

Both presidential candidates are rallying supporters and trying to attract minorities and independent women voters. More than 29 million Americans in 34 states have already cast ballots in early voting, although none of the ballots will be counted until Tuesday.  

As the election draws to a close emotions are running high.

"Let us Vote!" some people shouted.

In Florida, angry residents at several polling places waited five to six hours, after election officials temporarily suspended early voting.

President Obama was twice interrupted by hecklers in Ohio, as police led away the demonstrators. 

Also looming over Tuesday's election are voters on the East Coast still reeling from the devastating storm Sandy that hit the area last week. It is unclear if the outcome of the close race will be affected if hundreds of thousands of people view voting as an afterthought, as they struggle with major damage to their homes, power outages and fuel shortages.

  • President Barack Obama waves to supporters during a campaign event at McArthur High School, Hollywood, Florida, November 4, 2012.
  • Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event at the Newport News International Airport, Newport News, Virginia, November 4, 2012.
  • A panoramic view of President Obama's rally at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, November 5, 2012. (Kane Farabaugh/VOA)
  • A panoramic view of President Obama's rally at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, November 5, 2012. (Kane Farabaugh/VOA)
  • Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan speaks during a campaign event at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, Castle Rock Colorado, November 4, 2012.
  • President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign rally at the Community College of Aurora, in Aurora, Colorado, November 4, 2012.
  • A supporter listens to President Obama at a campaign event at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wisconsin, November 1, 2012.
  • Wearing a mask on Halloween, Carol Heye of Riverview, Florida, shows her support for Mitt Romney as he campaigns in Tampa, Florida, October 31, 2012.
  • Supporters listen to Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney during a rally at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Marion, Ohio, October 28, 2012.
  • Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign rally at the Municipal Auditorium in Sarasota, Florida, October 31, 2012.
  • An Obama supporter casts his ballot early at an outdoor ballot box in Denver, Colorado October 30, 2012.

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by: Osnide Gibson from: New York City
November 06, 2012 4:02 AM
Get ready for the victory toast!!


by: Mohamed Jama from: Hargeisa
November 05, 2012 11:14 PM
I say Thanks to all Americans and both candidates for their effort of campaigning peacefully with a high level competing. I support the president to come again in the office insha'allah( if Allah says).

by: Brandt Hardin
November 05, 2012 3:17 PM
The Romney / Ryan ticket would drive the entire economy into a nose dive as long as it benefits the richest Americans. Income inequality is endangering the Middle Class and making paupers of us all who don’t have those millions upon millions of dollars. The working class of our country can’t AFFORD to allow this election to be bought and sold!

by: K.M.Anisuzzaman from: Dhaka,Bangladesh
November 05, 2012 12:29 PM
We Bangladeshi pupil like obama.we hope re-elated Obama .again USA president..
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by: Abdishakur from: Somalia
November 05, 2012 2:58 PM
President Obama came to the office at a time that America had a very bloody picture that they took a revenge from many Muslim nations just for the sake of what a single man did to them so for that many Muslims considered America as their first enemy, then president Barack Obama worked hard on retrieving America's friendship with the Muslim world then he convinced many Muslims like me that America is not up to Muslims but only those who poked it. simply i wish Obama would be re-elected because he is playing Smart cards while Romney will spoil America's policy with Iran and China,

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