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Race to the White House down to the wire

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It's down to the last 24 hours or so for the two men in the race for the White House. Both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are crisscrossing the U.S., looking to court still undecided voters. Grace Rauh has the latest on what's become a close race.

UNITED STATES -- Running for President is not for the faint of heart. But even the most seasoned politicians might be wiped out by the pace of the final hours of this campaign.

President Obama hopped from Wisconsin to Ohio, with an evening event in Iowa on his schedule as well.

Obama said, “I've got a whole lot of fight left in me and I hope you do too!”

Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z warmed up the President's crowds. But compared to Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the President's schedule was a cakewalk. Romney had five campaign stops in four states.

Romney said, “We can begin a better tomorrow tomorrow. And with the help of the people in Florida, that is exactly what is going to happen.”

Romney started the day in Florida. Then it was off to Virginia to stump in Lynchburg and Fairfax.

“Did Obama-care create new jobs? No! Did his war on coal and oil and gas create new jobs? No! Did that Dodd-Frank regulatory bill help banks give out more loans? No! Does raising taxes put more people to work? No!” Romney said.

Romney was scheduled to hold an early evening event in Ohio before capping off the night with a rally in New Hampshire.

At this point, though, rallies are only going to do so much. What really matters to both campaigns is getting supporters to the polls.

Obama said, “If you're willing to work with me again and knock on some doors for me and make some phone calls for me. Turn out for me. We will win Wisconsin. We will win this election. We will finish what we started.”

After voting in Massachusetts on Tuesday, Romney will travel to Ohio and Pennsylvania for a last minute get-out-the-vote push. President Obama has less on his Election Day to-do list. For starters, he will not be heading to the polls to cast his ballot. He, along with more than 30 million other Americans, voted early in this election. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP