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Obama, Romney make final push for votes ahead of Election Day

CREATED Nov. 5, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov. 5, 2012

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10:47 p.m.
Mitt Romney is rallying New Hampshire voters on the eve of Election Day, repeating his promise of "real change' if elected.  The Republican presidential candidate also told more than 10,000 voters late Monday night that a second Obama term could cause another recession.

10:22 p.m.
If Congressman Paul Ryan was feeling any bit of fatigue after the long day of campaigning, a crowd at Mitchell International Airport re-energized him.

10:10 p.m.
President Barack Obama is asking Iowa voters to help him finish what they started in the state four years ago.  In his last political rally as a candidate, Obama says Iowa voters helped start "a movement that spread across the country."  More than 20,000 people are attending the outdoor rally on the eve of Election Day.

9:45 p.m.
The political parties are hard at work looking for last minute support.  The one thing they both have in common is it's an all out push for every last vote.

6:51 p.m.
From robo calls to political flyers, voters here in Wisconsin have been overwhelmed with campaign ads.

6:31 p.m.
Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney sounded a bit hoarse as he made his closing argument in the battleground state of Florida.

"Look, we have one job left, and that's to make sure on Election Day, we make certain that everybody who is qualified to vote, gets out to vote, we need every single vote in Florida," says Romney.

6:20 p.m.
Bruce Springsteen spent the entire day with Obama, traveling on Air Force One from Madison, Wis., to Columbus, Ohio, and then to Des Moines, Iowa, where Obama planned a coda for his campaign, a finale where his run for the presidency began five years ago.

5:21 p.m.
Romney/Ryan spokesperson Kyle Downey tells TODAY'S TMJ4's Charles Benson the campaign is keeping a close eye on the election results in Wisconsin.

"I feel very good about Wisconsin ultimately I don't think Packers fans vote for Bears fans," says Downey.  "So I think Wisconsin will deliver for Romney and Ryan tomorrow."

4:49 p.m.
Neil Albrecht, the executive director of the Milwaukee Election Commission, says he expects a record voter turnout in the City of Milwaukee.

Albrecht says they anticipate 280,000-300,000 voters -- around 80 percent to 85 percent of all eligible voters.

4:32 p.m.
Raw video: TODAY'S TMJ4's Charles Benson is at Romney/Ryan headquarters in Boston, MA.

4:03 p.m.
Wisconsin election officials say more than 545,000 people have requested absentee ballots for Tuesday's election.

12:13 p.m.
A first time voter talked with Melissa McCrady about her experience to come.

11:14 a.m.
"Wisconsin, my bet is on you." - President Obama

11:01 a.m.
"We've made progress these last four years, but the reason we're all gathered here...is because we know we've got more work to do." - President Obama

10:55 a.m.
"Hello, Wisconsin!" - The President's first words on stage.

10:53 a.m.
More from Bruce Springsteen, in between songs...and not while impersonating the President:

"I believe President Obama ran last time as a man of hope and change.  We hear a lot of talk about how things were different.  Things aren't any different now.  They're just real.  It's crunch time now."

"Our job is to combat the cynicism out there...to believe in your power, and our power to change the lives in the world that we live in."

10:45 a.m.
"American dream, American reality.  With our vote tomorrow, we get to determine the distance in that equation." - Bruce Springsteen

10:39 a.m.
In a funny moment, Springsteen impersonated President Obama's performance of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," claiming that he called Springsteen at 2:00 a.m. or 3:00 a.m. to give that performance over the phone.

Then, he did an impersonation of the President asking for a campaign song.  It sounded like a cross between Mr. Obama and former President Richard Nixon.  But it was still funny.

Then, he got the crowd involved in a song using Obama's campaign slogan (and the Wisconsin state slogan), "Forward."

10:22 a.m.
A fire inspector tells TODAY'S TMJ4 that 18,000 people have come to see President Obama's event in Madison.  They're hearing Bruce Springsteen on stage.

10:08 a.m.
Bruce Springsteen is set to perform in Madison in about 12 minutes at Obama event.  Watch live by clicking here.

9:49 a.m.
The program has begun in Madison for President Obama.  Yes, it's Senator Herb Kohl and Bruce Springsteen in the same place.  Check out our Photo Gallery from the event.

8:26 a.m.
Our Shelley Walcott took this photo of the crowds that have already gathered in Madison for today's speech from President Obama.

7:18 a.m.
The U.S. Senate race is an historic one, regardless of who wins.

If Tammy Baldwin takes the nod, she'll be the first woman and openly-gay senator from Wisconsin.

If Tommy Thompson earns the win, he'll be the oldest first-time senator and the first former Governor to take the seat from Wisconsin.

It's also been an historic race for another reason: political spending.

7:16 a.m.
Thousands of people have lined up south of the State Capitol to see President Obama.  Click here for more on that story.

6:24 a.m.
You're going to want to bring an umbrella with you as you wait in line on Election Day.  So says Storm Team 4Caster Scott Steele.

Click here for his forecast for both today and Election Day.

4:58 a.m.
Two major presidential rallies have been set for Monday in southern Wisconsin.

President Barack Obama was scheduled to garner last-minute support in Madison on Monday morning.
  He was to wake up in Wisconsin's capital city for a rally there. 

Wisconsin's part of the challenging GOP ticket, Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, was to do the same at Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee on Monday night.

Click on each story for details and ticket information.