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US Election Updates - November 3, 2012

Obama, Romney make final campaign push in key Midwestern swing states

President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney took to the battleground states of the upper Midwest on Friday for the last leg of their campaigns.

The region is likely to decide the winner in next week's tight race for the White House.

During campaign appearances in the swing states of Ohio and Wisconsin, the two rivals battled over the economy on a day when the government reported the that 171,000 new jobs had been added in October despite the unemployment rising by a percentage point to 7.9 percent.

In Wisconsin, where polls show Romney trailing Obama, the Republican said the rising jobless rate was more evidence of the president's failing leadership.

"The question of this election comes down to this: do you want more of the same or do you want real change?" Romney said in Milwaukee suburb.

With Election Day fast approaching, Obama and Romney are essentially tied in the national polls.

However, the president holds a marginal edge in the battleground states that are vital to securing the 270 electoral votes needed to win.

On a stop in Ohio, the most heavily contested swing state, Obama hit back at Romney saying the jobs report was evidence "we have made real progress."

Obama, whose federal bailiout of the auto industry has been popular in a state where one in eight jobs is auto industry-related, also slammed Romney for a recent statement that Chrysler planned to move Jeep production to China.

"I know we're close to an election, but this isn't a game. These are people's jobs, these are people's lives," Obama said. "You don't scare hard-working Americans just to scare up some votes."

Obama's advisers said the Jeep controversy had helped the president build up his lead in Ohio.

Obama also won praise for focusing on storm relief efforts in the wake of superstorm Sandy.