Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and
Republican John McCain are making a last-minute dash for support, in the final
full day of campaigning before the election.
Senator Obama began his day (Monday) in the key state of Florida, where he urged a roaring crowd to continue fighting until the polls close Tuesday night. The first polls open midnight in two small towns in New Hampshire.
Obama said there is too much at stake to slow down. National polls show the Illinois senator ahead of McCain.
For his part, McCain has a whirlwind schedule in seven states. The Arizona senator told supporters in Florida he is closing in on Obama and declared, in his words, "The Mac is back and we're going to win this election." He traveled on to Tennessee and is to end the day in his home state of Arizona, where he is to hold a midnight rally.
Besides Florida, Obama campaigns in North Carolina and Virginia today. All three states went to Republican George Bush in the last two presidential elections.
An average of the latest national polls, compiled by Real Clear Politics-dot-com, shows Obama ahead of McCain by about seven percentage points. The site projects that Obama could secure enough electoral votes to win the presidency.