Down to the Wire: Obama, Romney Sprint for Finale

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With Election Day just hours away, President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney are sprinting to the finale, making their final campaign stops Monday. Both candidates are making the toughest battleground states their top priority.

President Obama is making stops in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Ohio, while Romney is hitting Florida, Ohio, New Hampshire, and Virginia.

Meanwhile, final poll numbers show the race in a dead heat. A Washington Post-ABC News poll has Obama getting the support of 49 percent of likely voters, with Romney receiving 48. A Pew Research Center poll shows Obama with a three-point lead, 48 percent to 45 percent.

And a Rasmussen poll shows the race tied, with each candidate attracting support from 49 percent of voters nationwide.

CBN News' political team has been following both camps on the sprint to the finish line.

Team Romney

Romney's team believes their candidate is surging at the right time.

"I need your vote, I need your work, I need your help. Walk with me, we'll walk together. Let's begin anew!" the former governor told voters at a recent campaign stop.

Romney's likeability rating sits at an all-time high among voters and the latest polls show him tied in Pennsylvania and Michigan, states originally thought as a lost cause.

Over the weekend, crowds at Romney events have been unusually huge: 30,000 in Ohio and close to 20,000 in Colorado.

The polls are so tight in so many of the swing states, like New Hampshire where there are dueling neighborhoods. In one such community, Romney/Ryan sign is posted on one side of the street and an Obama/Biden sign on the other.

Fortunately, the presidential duel has not split the friendship between New Hampshire resident Mark Cramer and his neighbor.

"She's a very nice woman. I don't judge someone by their political affiliation. I judge them by the person," Cramer said.

Meanwhile, in Manchester, N.H., Romney called in help from GOP bigwigs including 2008 presidential nominee John McCain.

"One thing I can promise you is that Mitt Romney will never go around the world apologizing for America!" the Arizona senator told an audience of Romney supporters.

Team Obama

At "Obama for America" headquarters in Chicago, bleary eyed Democrats strategized for the home stretch.

"People are tired, but people are working hard," Obama campaign communications director Brent Colburn said.

Many who filled a 50,000 square foot work space for months have now been sent to battleground states.

In the final hours, the Obama campaign is calling in as much star power as it can muster, including the president's most powerful surrogate, Bill Clinton.

"The great thing about Bill Clinton is he's somebody who's faced a lot of these problems before," Colburn said.

"Obviously, he has a unique perspective on both the president's record and what he wants to accomplish with his plans and also Gov. Romney's record," he said. "He can really talk a lot about how this is a clear choice when it comes to economic issues."

The race is so close that in many states it will come down to which team gets the most supporters to the polls.

Team Obama has set up 5,000 "super local" field offices for Election Day.

"Look, our theory on our ground game has always been let's get our people as close to the voters as possible," Colburn explained.

"We want volunteers in every neighborhood who know those neighbors, who know the people that they're talking to and can really talk to them about the issues through a lens that might make sense in Madison, Wisconsin, versus somewhere in North Carolina," he said.

Today the president will spend his final hours before polls open in three states he easily won four years ago: Wisconsin, Ohio, and Iowa. Then he and the first lady will travel to their home in the Windy City to watch the results come in.

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David Brody and Jennifer Wishon

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