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The final stretch

A look at the presidential race as it comes to a close

On the stump

 Mitt Romney, in Newington, N.H.: “New Hampshire got me the Republican nomination, and New Hampshire is going to get me the White House.”

 President Obama, in Milwaukee: “I’ve got a lot of fight left in me.”

On tap today

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President Obama and Bill Clinton will start the day at a morning rally in downtown Concord, N.H. Obama will then visit Hollywood, Fla.; Cincinnati; and Auroro, Colo. Vice President Joe Biden will be in Lakewood, Fremont, and Lancaster, Ohio. On the Republican side, Mitt Romney will attend rallies in Morrisville, Pa.; Des Moines; Cleveland; and Newport News, Va., and running mate Paul Ryan will be in Mansfield, Ohio; Minneapolis; and Castle Rock, Colo.

On the airwaves

Romney’s campaign released a television ad in which the candidate chastises Obama for telling supporters at a rally the best way to get revenge is to vote. The president made that remark while admonishing his supporters for booing Republicans.

On numbers

For Romney, it’s 4,317. For Obama, 4,929. Those are the approximate air miles each will have traveled for a combined 17 stops on Saturday and Sunday.

On strategy

The Obama campaign is using Clinton to parry Romney’s thrusts into such states as Minnesota and Pennsylvania. Both states have been considered Obama territory, but Republicans say they sense an opportunity, particularly in Pennsylvania, where Ryan visited Saturday and Romney will visit Sunday. Clinton will stop in Minnesota on Sunday and hold four events in Pennsylvania on Monday.


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