Seeking Upset, McCain to Campaign Election Day

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) -- Pushing back against predictions of defeat, Republican John McCain scheduled campaign stops in two Western battlegrounds on Election Day after a seven-state sprint that brought him home to Arizona after midnight Tuesday.

The presidential nominee was breaking tradition, heading to a rally in Grand Junction, Colo., and a volunteer site in New Mexico before returning to Phoenix to watch election night returns. McCain normally stays close to home on Election Day, often taking in a movie.

"My friends, it's been a long, long journey," McCain told supporters gathered at an early morning rally Tuesday in Prescott, Arizona, where he kicked off his Senate campaigns. It was the final stop in a sprint across three time zones that took him to seven states Monday.

Campaign manager Rick Davis said the stops were added after polling indicated McCain was surging in Western battlegrounds including Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada. Davis said wins in those states could mitigate losses in Eastern swing states that had long been GOP stalwarts, including Virginia and North Carolina.

Monday, McCain chased the sun from east to west through battlegrounds such as Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, New Mexico and Nevada. He held his final rally after midnight in Prescott, Ariz., where he kicked off his campaigns for Senate.

The 72-year-old Senate veteran vowed to fight for every vote even as national and state battleground polls found Democrat Barack Obama with a measurable headwind into Election Day.

A blizzard of late polls showed Obama leading in most competitive states, leaving McCain with only the narrowest possible path to victory Tuesday night.

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  • by Lily Location: Tallahassee on Nov 4, 2008 at 02:50 PM
    Anonymous-"Why should someone's religion be based on your vote?" Because I don't want a MUSLIM "running" this country that my grandfather died for. That's why. Remember 911? They hate this country and the people in it (including you). The only reason they come here is to make money and send it back to their families. I say get rid of them all...and I don't care how we do it!
  • by unknown Location: florida on Nov 4, 2008 at 01:44 PM
    Go McCain/Palin!!!!!!!!! It is not over yet!!!!!!!
  • by blacpearl850 Location: Tallahassee FL on Nov 4, 2008 at 01:39 PM
    Dont get mad cause Obama had enough people who beleived in him to give him the money he needed. If he had SEVEN houses he could have put up one of them. Obamalites, let get ready to celebrate !!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by k Location: live oak on Nov 4, 2008 at 08:56 AM
    well there is a good chance that mccain will not win, but at least he can sit back and know that he gave it his best shot and did so honestly. unlike the other one, who had to buy votes, public tv time and the list just goes on. how come some people are just so blind. i dont know about you but the money that i earn i want to keep. i am tired of giving my money to people who are too sorry to get an honest job.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2008 at 08:41 AM
    I'm for McCain and i still argue with Amanda's statement. Why should someone's religion be based on your vote? If someone was atheist, would that keep your vote as well?
  • by ME on Nov 4, 2008 at 08:33 AM
    No McCain!!!
  • by shadazia hansell Location: haterzville on Nov 4, 2008 at 08:14 AM
    we don't wont you to win o.k so stop trying
  • by amanda Location: florida on Nov 4, 2008 at 07:48 AM
    okay we all know that McCain needs 2 win. who wants a freakin muslim 4 are president. come on people get real. hes only been to america for 5 years. hes barly an amreican him self. so thinf real good bout your decision.
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