Obama, Romney Make Final Push for Votes

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US President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney are using one final, exhausting day at the end of a grueling campaign season to squeeze out as many votes as possible, as Americans head to the polls Tuesday to elect a leader for the next four years.

“It all comes down to you,” Obama said to a cheering crowd of supporters at an emotion-packed rally in the US state of Iowa late Monday.

“I came back to ask you to help us finish what we started, because this is where our movement for change began,” he said, his voice hoarse after endless days on the campaign trail.

Obama woke up Tuesday at his home in Chicago and has a busy Election Day in his hometown, where he plans a traditional game of basketball with friends and staffers.

He has a dozen satellite interviews lined up with radio and TV reporters that he will conduct at a Chicago hotel – a last chance to push his supporters to hit the polls – and plans a dinner afterwards with his family, according to Obama campaign aides.

Not on Obama’s schedule Tuesday: voting. He cast his ballot last week as part of a campaign effort to encourage early voting.Obama will watch election returns at the hotel with family, friends and top aides.

Once the winner has been declared, Obama will head to an election night rally at the McCormick Place convention center.

Romney, meanwhile, votes Tuesday morning near his home in the US state of Massachusetts, where he and his wife Ann have long lived and raised their family.

“One day away from the first day of a new beginning!” he called to cheering supporters in Florida Monday night. On Romney’s Election Day schedule: last-minute campaigning with a final round of rallies in two important swing states, Pennsylvania and Ohio, seen as particularly important since no Republican has been elected president without carrying Ohio.

He heads back to Massachusetts at the end of the day for an election night rally at the Boston Convention Center.

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