Sides claim edge in final full week
by Steve Peoples and Thomas Beaumont
Associated Press Writers
October 28, 2012 12:00 AM | 431 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
PENSACOLA, Fla. — One final jobs report before Election Day and the big storm threatening the East Coast loom large as President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney head into the final full week of campaigning in a race polls show is extraordinarily close.

Democrats claim math is on the president’s side. Republicans insist Romney’s got the momentum.

“We’re seeing more and more enthusiasm, and more and more support,” a confident Romney says in messages to supporters, arguing that his performances in the three presidential debates has reinvigorated his campaign and created a national movement.

Obama is banking on his get-out-the-vote efforts in the most competitive states. He’s also making personal appeals as he encourages Americans to stick with him for a second term. During a whirlwind tour last week through some of the most pivotal states, he said, “After all these years, you know me. You know I mean what I say.”

In pursuit of the 270 electoral votes for victory, each nominee is starting to make his closing arguments. The goal is to win over the narrow slice of undecided, independent voters, moderates and women in particular, and to persuade supporters to vote on Nov. 6, if not earlier in the many states where voting is under way. Roughly one-third of the electorate will have voted before Election Day.
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