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November 5, 2012

NATION: Obama, Romney pursue last votes in close race

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It was one of two of the president’s radio interviews airing Monday aimed at turning out minority voters, the other with a Spanish-language station in Ohio. The president is relying on black and Hispanic voters to help offset Romney’s lead with white men in particular, but the risk for him is that some of those key supporters aren’t as motivated to vote as they were in 2008. 

“Four years ago, we had incredible turnout and I know people were excited and energized about the prospect of making history,” Obama said. “We have to preserve the gains we’ve made and keep moving forward.” 

Both candidates will also benefit from some star power Monday. Rock legend Bruce Springsteen is joining Obama at all three campaign rallies, and rapper Jay-Z will join him in Columbus. Romney planned a final rally in the last hour of election eve in New Hampshire with Kid Rock while country rock performers The Marshall Tucker Band was joining him in Columbus.

A final national NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll showed Obama getting the support of 48 percent of likely voters, with Romney receiving 47 percent. A Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll had Obama at 49 and Romney at 48. A Pew Research Center poll released Sunday showed Obama with a 3-point-point edge over Romney, 48 percent to 45 percent among likely voters.

Defying the odds, Romney drew one of his largest crowds Sunday in Pennsylvania, a state where Obama was holding onto a lead but where Romney aides said they detected soft support for the president. Despite a delayed arrival, Romney rallied thousands on a farm in a Philadelphia suburb on a cold night, taking the podium as loudspeakers blared the theme from “Rocky.” The sign of energy in a key swing area of the state was only tempered by some early exits by supporters seeking to escape the cold.

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