POSTED: Tuesday, November 4, 2008 - 5:05am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:22pm
Polls open on Election Day
John McCain and Barack Obama logged thousands of miles campaigning the day before Election Day alone. Who wins the election will depend on half a dozen swing states.
Red turned blue overnight in New Hampshire. Two tiny towns that voted for George Bush twice picked Barack Obama this year. Dixville Notch voted for Obama 15 to six.
It was a hopeful start to Election Day for Barack Obama, who arrived home in Chicago.
John McCain returned to Arizona. He hit seven states in one day.
"With the enthusiasm and momentum we've received, we're gonna win tomorrow and we're gonna bring home to Arizona!" McCain said.
Obama ended his day campaigning in Virginia. Hours earlier the political collided with the personal. His grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, succumbed to cancer without knowing if the man she helped raise from age 10 would become President. Obama said of his grandmother, "She's gone home."
Obama told an audience in Charlotte, North Carolina, Americans like her are his cause. "North Carolina in just one more day we have the opportunity to honor all those quiet heroes all across America," Obama said.
Election battlegrounds are states like North Carolina and Virginia that voted for Bush in 2004. Polls show new voters, minorities and young people could reverse Virginiaís 44-year record of voting Republican for President. From East Coast to West Coast, McCain urged turnout. Heís optimistic. "And we're gonna win this election, and it's gonna start in New Mexico," McCain said.
Anticipation is high. Campers in Atlanta showed their determination to be first in line. Florida, North Carolina and Ohio are the tightest states in the east. They are the states to watch for clues about where the race is going.