Republican presidential candidate John McCain is fighting to recapture
traditionally Republican states where Democrat Barack Obama now leads
in the polls.
Both candidates campaigned Friday in U.S. states that are key to
winning the White House and historically support Republican
Senator McCain spoke at a rally in (the southeastern state of) Florida,
where he trails Obama by an average of nearly five percentage points.
He urged his supporters not to give up hope.
Obama took his message of change to voters in the southern state of
Virginia, where the latest polls show the Democrat leading his
Republican rival by an average of eight percentage points.
The Illinois senator cautioned supporters against growing "cocky" (overly confident) and urged them to "keep running to the finish
Recent polls show the economic crisis has helped Obama take a
significant lead, both nationally and in several competitive states.
Obama's running mate, Joe Biden, campaigned in New Mexico Friday, while
McCain's vice-presidential pick, Sarah Palin campaigned in Ohio.
On Saturday, Palin will appear on the late-night comedy show, "Saturday
Night Live." The show has drawn huge audiences in recent weeks for its
popular parody of the Alaska governor, played by lookalike actress Tina
Fey - a former "SNL" cast member. It is unclear whether Palin and Fey
will appear together.