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US Election Updates - November 5, 2012

Obama, Romney set to make final case on last day of race

President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney are set to embark on a frantic trip to a series of key swing states later today in a bid to entice voters on the last day of an extremely tight race for the White House.

After a long and costly campaign, national polls indicate Obama and Romney are essentially tied ahead of Tuesday's election.

Though Obama has a marginal lead in the eight or nine battleground states that will decide the winner.

Obama plans to visit three of those swing states today while Romney will travel to four.

The balance of power in Congress will also be at stake on Tuesday with Obama's Democrats expected to narrowly hold their Senate majority and Romney's Republicans seen to retain control of the House of Representatives.

Obama will end his campaign with visits to Wisconsin, Ohio and Iowa, three Midwestern battleground states that, barring any surprises, would be enough to get him more than the 270 electoral votes required for victory.

Polls show Obama has slim leads in all three.

Romney will visit his must-win states of Florida and Virginia, where polls indicate he is slightly ahead or tied. He will also visit Ohio before ending his campaign in New Hampshire, where he launched his presidential run last year.

The only state scheduled to get a visit from both candidates is Ohio, the most critical of the remaining battlegrounds.

Romney has limited options for victory if he cannot win Ohio, where Obama has maintained a small but steady lead for months.

Around one in eight Ohio jobs is linked to auto manufacturing and a federal bailout of the auto industry has helped Obama win over white working-class voters who are more supportive of Romney in the rest of the country.