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Adam Radwanski, left, Konrad Yakabuski and Patrick Martin. (The Globe and Mail)
Adam Radwanski, left, Konrad Yakabuski and Patrick Martin. (The Globe and Mail)

THE FINAL PUSH

No sleep until the polls close Add to ...

Konrad: Can you please tell us where Obama has been campaigning in recent days and where he’ll be winding up? And did he omit any significant states?
On Saturday, Mr. Obama held events in Wisconsin, Iowa, Virginia and Colorado. On Sunday, the President held rallies in New Hamshire, Florida, Ohio and Colorado. On Monday, Mr. Obama holds a rally in Madison, Wisc., in the morning, another in Columbus, Ohio, in the afternoon, and final evening event in Des Moines, Iowa. He will spend Monday night in Chicago, where his election night rally will be held. The event will be held indoors at the Lakeside Center at McCormick Place (the city’s main convention centre) rather than outdoors in Grant Park, as in 2008. The only so-called battleground states left off the list in the final three days were Nevada, where Mr. Obama is looking safe, and North Carolina, which appears set to go Republican.

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Karl Rove and Haley Barbour think so. Both Republicans suggested that if Mr. Romney loses, there is only one explanation. “The hurricane is what broke Romney’s momentum,” Mr. Barbour, the former Mississippi governor, said on Sunday. “If this election had been held last Friday, the last Friday in October, Romney would have won.” Mr. Rove, the former George W. Bush acolyte, said the storm allowed Mr. Obama to act as the “comforter-in-chief.”

Adam: How is Mitt Romney spending the last days of his campaign?
Monday will be pretty much what you’d expect. Mr. Romney is scheduled to be in the battleground states of Florida, Virginia, Ohio and New Hampshire. That last one, somewhat amusingly, will involve a rally alongside Kid Rock. The surprise came over the weekend, when he visited Pennsylvania, which to this point has been considered fairly safe for Barack Obama. Depending whom you listen to, it’s either a sign that his map is expanding, or a Hail Mary because other states he needs aren’t coming through.

And why is he in the Democratic Party stronghold of Boston on election night?
It’s where his headquarters has been through the campaign. And that, in some ways, has been a reminder of the identity that he spent a lot of time trying to get away from, before embracing it again recently. Massachusetts is Mr. Romney’s home, more or less; it’s where he went to school, made his name in business and launched his political career. It’s hard to imagine he could have gone elsewhere without further criticism for ducking his own history.

Patrick, what’s Obama planning in your neck of the woods?
The President is pulling out all the stops to ignite his supporters with the mother of all rallies Monday afternoon in Columbus, where Bruce Springsteen likely will be singing the President’s new theme song: No Surrender.

How’s all that effort pouring into the mother of all battle states manifesting itself?
Its bounty of 18 Electoral College votes will be won on the ground by the thousands of volunteers each of the two parties is using to get out its vote. And they are having an effect. John Boehner, the powerful Republican Speaker of the House, who hails from Ohio, said Sunday he has never seen the state so electrified as it is this election. The people of Ohio know the country is watching them and they appear poised to turn out to vote in record numbers, he said. The most striking thing I have seen to date was Sunday in the poor east end of Cleveland, where more than a thousand mostly black voters lined up for hours to cast ballots in early election voting.

 

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