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McCain makes final appeal for votes at Grand Junction stop

Beth Fouhy
The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., greets supporters as he arrives at a campaign rally at an airport in Grand Junction, Colo., Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. ” John McCain implored voters Tuesday to ignore the polls and pundits and help deliver this battleground state. “America is worth fighting for. Nothing is inevitable here,” the GOP nominee told his final rally of a marathon campaign.

The Arizona senator broke his Election Day tradition of going to the movies and instead flew to a raucous airport rally in Grand Junction, buoyed by internal polling that his camp said suggested the race here and in other Western states had pulled closer.

In Colorado, the Republican presidential hopeful delivered an abbreviated version of his stump speech but did not mention Democratic rival Barack Obama. The Illinois senator made an Election Day campaign trip of his own to Indiana.

“I feel the momentum. I feel it, you feel it, and we’re going to win the election,” the former Navy pilot told several thousand supporters.

McCain was joined by his wife, Cindy, his 96-year-old mother, Roberta, and fellow Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.

He flew later to Albuquerque, N.M., another Western battleground that has been trending Democratic this year, to address volunteers making get-out-the-vote calls.

McCain told the crowd of about 100 that the campaign was seeing strong turnout in Republican areas of battleground states including Virginia, North Carolina and Florida.

“Things are looking good, but it’s very early. Then you’ve got to move west, my friends, and we’ve got to win New Mexico,” he said.

Earlier in the day in Phoenix, McCain flashed a thumbs-up sign after casting his ballot at a church near his home.

He stepped out of a sport utility vehicle with his wife and son, Jimmy, as a small crowd cheered “Go, John, go!” and “We love you!” One person carried a sign that read, “Use your brain, vote McCain!” Jimmy McCain is a U.S. Marine who served in Iraq.

The McCains walked into the church, cast their ballots and left within minutes. He signed a poster and gave the thumbs-up sign before leaving.

Earlier in the morning, McCain could be seen on the patio of his high-rise condo, pacing with a cell phone in one hand and a large cup of coffee in the other.

“In a way I’m kind of sorry that it’s over because it’s been exciting,” McCain told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview broadcast Tuesday. “I mean, it’s been one of the most incredible experiences that anybody can have.”

The 72-year-old Senate veteran vowed to fight for every vote even as national and state battleground polls found Democrat Obama with a measurable lead going into Election Day.

A blizzard of late polls showed Obama leading in most competitive states, leaving McCain with only the narrowest possible path to victory Tuesday night.

“I think these battleground states have now closed up, almost all of them, and I believe there’s a good scenario where we can win,” McCain told CBS’ “The Early Show.” ”Look, I know I’m still the underdog, I understand that.”


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