Both presidential candidates began final 24 hours of campaigning across the battleground states that are to decide on Thursday which nominee is to be the world’s most powerful leader.
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney set to their final assault by targeting the state where the other began his race for the presidency.
The President arrived at New Hampshire, where his Republican rival started his campaign with a party primary win in January, while Mitt Romney descended on , the state that propelled Mr Obama to victory four years ago.
As The Telegraph reports, after flying out of Andrews Air Force base for the last time before the vote that could evict him from the White House, President Obama asked voters to give him four more years to “finish what we started”.
“Folks from New Hampshire are tough,” he told a crowd of about 14,000 supporters on the frigid streets of Concord. “After all we’ve been through together, we can’t give up now”.
Obama also made direct appeal for votes in a race that may come down to which side does the best job of getting its supporters to the polls.
“It’s up to you. You have the power,” he told his supporters. “You will be shaping the decisions for this country for decades to come, right now, in the next two days.”
Meanwhile, the former Massachusetts governor claimed that the U.S. president had failed to fulfil his four-year-old promises.
“My conviction that better days lie ahead is not based on promises, but a solid plan and an unshakeable faith in the American spirit,” Mitt Romney told an enthusiastic crowd of 4,500 in Des Moines.
Romney reiterated his argument that he is the candidate who can offer change and reach out to the opposition party to craft bipartisan agreements.
“Accomplishing real change is not just something that I talk about. It’s something that I’ve done,” Romney told supporters in Des Moines. “And it’s something I’m going to do when I am president of the United States.”
Many of the recent opinion polls show Obama with a slight lead in Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nevada – states that would provide him with more than the 270 electoral votes he needs, barring any surprises elsewhere.
“It’s really a game of inches. It’s extremely close, but things look pretty optimistic for Obama, I would say, if you do the electoral math,” Ipsos pollster Julia Clark said.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll of four pivotal states found out the candidates in Florida and Colorado, with Obama holding a statistically unimportant lead in Virginia of 1 percentage point. But in crucial Ohio, Obama had 48 percent to Romney’s 44 percent.
“Looking over the last few days, Ohio does seem to be more comfortably on the Obama side,” Clark said.
A victory the presidential elections depends not on a popular vote count but reaching 270 electoral college votes, which are given to each state based on population size, Reuters explains. Nationally, the poll’s credibility interval was plus or minus 3.4 percentage points for likely voters.