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US Election Updates - November 4, 2012

Romney, Obama descend on Iowa in final push for votes

President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney descended on crucial battleground state Iowa on Saturday to push their final appeals for support ahead of Tuesday's election.

With the race virtually tied at a national level, both candidates arrived in Dubuque, a city of 58,000 people, as they set off to secure a marginal advantage before Election Day.

In an airport rally, Romney urged supporters to persuade friends and neighbors who back Obama to vote for him.

"I want you to reach across the street to the neighbor, who has that other sign in his front yard. And I'm going to reach across the aisle in Washington, D.C., to the politicians who are working for the other candidate," Romney told some 2,000 people.

Meanwhile, Obama reminded a crowd of 5,000 supporters in downtown Dubuque that he had started his first presidential bid in Iowa in 2007 and highlighted successes of his time in office.

"After two years of campaigning and after four years as president, you know me by now. You may not agree with every decision I made, you may have sometimes been frustrated with the pace of change. But you know that I say what I mean and I mean what I say," Obama said.

A new poll by the Des Moines Register newspaper indicates Obama is leading Romney by 47 percent to 42 percent in Iowa.

Earlier in the day in Ohio, Obama slammed Romney for opposing his bailout of the auto industry and accused his challenger of trying scare workers by claiming that Chrysler planned to shift jobs to China.

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

Obama ended Saturday's tour making a joint appearance with former president Bill Clinton before a crowd of 24,000 supporters at an outdoor arena in Bristow, Virginia. The Dave Matthews Band performed as the warm-up act.

Obama also held a rally in Wisconsin on Saturday.

Romney is due to speak in Pennsylvania today.