Omama, McCain target knife-edge races

The presidential rivals focus their efforts on swing states on the penultimate day of campaigning in the White House race.

From the BBC (what U.S. news organization would use the word “penultimate”?)

The US presidential candidates are focusing their efforts on key swing states on the penultimate day of campaigning in the White House race.

In Pennsylvania, Republican John McCain urged supporters to “knock on doors – with your help we can win”.

His Democratic rival Barack Obama and Mr McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin were each speaking three times in Ohio.

Ohio, which narrowly voted Republican in 2004, is seen as a must-win for Mr McCain in Tuesday’s election.

John McCain and Barack Obama

Both candidates have urged their supporters to keep working hard

Under the system used in US presidential elections Ohio carries 20 electoral votes, making it one of the largest states where polls show the result could still go either way.

Pennsylvania is another crucial state. It boasts 21 electoral votes and voted Democratic in 2004.

‘We will win’

Analysts say Mr McCain, 72, needs to win in Ohio to stand a chance of reaching the White House, while Mr Obama needs to hold on to Pennsylvania for the Democrats if his poll lead is to be translated into a result on election day.

Read the rest:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/
us_elections_2008/7704869.stm

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