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Candidates make final push

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CHICAGO (WKOW) -- While most of the East Coast was still asleep, residents of Dixville Notch, a tiny village in northern New Hampshire, headed to the polls at midnight to cast the first votes in the U.S. presidential election.

After 43 seconds of voting, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney each had 5 votes. As Americans prepare to head to polls, a new ABC News Washington post poll shows President Obama pulling ahead by 3 points, but within the margin of error among likely voters. 

At an emotional final rally Monday night, the President asked Iowa to help him finish what they started.

President Obama said, "Iowa we are here tonight because we have more work to do. We are not done yet on this journey. We have more road to travel."

The President's pitch earlier in the day -- that he is the same idealist he ran as four years ago. President Obama said, "You've seen the scars on me to prove it, you've seen the gray hair on my head, to show you what it means to fight for change."

For Mitt Romney, a frenetic push to the finish. Starting in Florida Monday, then Virginia, Ohio, and New Hampshire nearing midnight. Romney says, "Perhaps some of your family and your friends have not made up their minds on who they're going to vote for. Ask them to look beyond the speeches and all the ads and attacks, because talk is cheap. Ask them to look at the record."  

President Obama spends election day with his family here in Chicago. He has no scheduled events other than an address to supporters here at the Lakeside Center, win or lose.

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