First lady Michelle Obama hugs U.S. President Barack Obama (left) in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday night; while Mitt Romney kisses his wife Ann (right) at a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are today in the last hours of the 2012 presidential campaign after they held their final rallies in swing states where their journeys to the White House - or the brink of it - first began. Both men appeared almost overwhelmed. Tears streaked down Obama's left cheek from the corner of his eye at one point. Romney, experiencing a level of adulation and enthusiasm that had reached fever pitch for the first time in the waning days of this campaign, seemed stunned by the reception.
Curtain call: With one day to go until Election Day, Romney is making one last push through the swing states with a final campaign stop in Manchester, New Hampshire
Last stop: Romney waves to the crowd alongside his wife Ann at his final campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire
Sea of supporters: Romney speaks during his final campaign rally at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire Even on election day, however, they will not let up. Romney will cast his ballot in Belmont, Massachusetts, and then fly to Cleveland, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to meet campaign workers in two extra stops added at the last minute. Obama will conduct a dozen satellite interviews from Chicago to be broadcast in battleground states. Obama appeared in Des Moines, Iowa, the state where he defeated Hillary Clinton in the Democratic caucuses of January 2000, with Bruce Springsteen.
Emotions high: Tears streaked down Obama's cheek during his last campaign rally Des Moines, Iowa Romney was in Manchester, New Hampshire, the state where he had a holiday home and where he launched a 2012 campaign that now places him agonisingly to the presidency - leading in some national polls but just behind in all-important Ohio. Warming up a crowd of more than 11,000 in the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester was Kid Rock, who performed his 'Born Free' song that has become the Romney campaign's anthem.
Embrace: The Republican hugged his wife Ann on stage as the crowd at his final campaign rally cheered
Star power: Kid Rock performed for the crowd of Romney supporters before the Republican candidate took the stage Both men delivered version of the stump speech they have honed in recent days and delivered up to four times a day as they have crisscrossed the country. 'This is where the campaign began,' Romney said. 'You got this campaign started a year and a half ago. 'Tomorrow your votes and your work here in New Hampshire will help me become the next President of the United States.'
Emotions: Ann Romney wipes away tears during her husband's last campaign rally
Smiles: In Des Moines, Iowa, Obama savoured but also lamented what would be the last time he would ever hold a campaign rally - for himself, at least There were loud boos whenever Obama's name was mentioned. 'With the right leadership, America is going to come roaring back,' Romney said. 'President Obama promised change but couldn't deliver it. I not only promise change, but I have a record of achieving it.' In Des Moines, Obama savoured but also lamented what would be the last time he would ever hold a campaign rally – for himself, at least. He declared: 'I came back to ask you to help us finish what we started because this is where our movement for change began.
Pulling ahead? Mitt Romney and his wife Ann wave during a campaign rally at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia today
Victory in sight: If the internal polling is correct, it would make Romney the 45th President source: dailymail
It all ends in tears: Obama WEEPS in last speech as Ann breaks down at Romney rally.... now America must choose between them
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