Washington (dpa) - President Barack Obama was headed Saturday to
the key state of Ohio to make his case for reelection, as he seeks to
hold onto leads in important swing states three days before US voters
go to the polls.
Obama will visit Ohio every day until the election - a sign of just how crucial the Midwestern state is. No candidate has won the White House without the state since 1960.
A poll released Saturday shows Obama with a six-point lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Ohio. The poll by NBC News, the Wall Street Journal and Marist gives Obama 51 per cent support to Romney's 46 per cent in the state.
The same poll shows the race in a dead heat in another key state, Florida, where the contest remains within the margin of error with Obama at 49 per cent and Romney at 47 per cent. Nationwide, the men remain essentially tied.
Ahead of Tuesday's election, both candidates are hitting the swing states that determine the electoral outcome under the US system, which awards the presidency based on the winner in each state rather than on the overall nationwide popular vote.
Romney began in New Hampshire, telling supporters: "The question of this election comes down to this: Do you want more of the same or do you want real change? President Obama promised change, but he could not deliver it. I promise change, and I have a record of achieving it."
Romney's campaign remains confident, even making a play for states such as Pennsylvania, once considered reliably within the Democrats' column. Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan was to hold a rally in the state capital Harrisburg on Saturday and the campaign had invested in a last minute television ad buy there.
The Obama campaign maintained the move was a sign of desperation and showed Romney was not confident at achieving victory in other crucial states.
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