President Obama and his GOP rival, Mitt Romney, and their running mates are wrapping up 17 months of campaigning on Monday, with a frenzied final tour of eight critical states on the day before Election Day. A pair of polls over the final weekend of the $3 billion battle for the presidency showed Obama finishing with an uptick of momentum, regaining a narrow lead nationally. A third poll, by CNN, showed the candidates tied, each with 49 percent support. Obama, however, also is clinging to a narrow but significant edge in a handful of swing states expected to decide Tuesday's election. Political analysts said the final round of polling suggested that Romney's path to victory was getting narrower, although Romney aide Ed Gillespie said the GOP nominee was suddenly competitive in long-blue Pennsylvania, so his electoral map had "expanded."
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