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"I’m told I’ll be the first sitting president to take advantage of early voting," Obama said in an email to supporters, urging them to cast their votes before Nov. 6.
As the campaign enters its final days, both sides are focused on winning the increasingly narrow sliver of undecided voters. Obama made a personal appeal to late-deciding voters Wednesday in a conference call from Air Force One. His campaign is also mailing undecided voters copies of a new 20-page booklet featuring Obama’s second-term agenda, a collection of policies that have been previously introduced.
The president’s campaign also trumpeted the endorsement by former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a Republican who supported Obama in 2008. Powell praised Obama’s handling of the economic recovery, telling "CBS This Morning," ‘‘I think we’ve begun to come out of the dive and we’re gaining altitude."
Elsewhere Thursday, GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan showered attention on Virginia, telling voters in Appalachian coal country that winning a close race won’t be enough for the GOP ticket.
"The worst thing that could happen is President Obama gets re-elected and we have more of the same with a debt crisis," Ryan said. "The second worst thing that could happen is we get elected by default, without a mandate."
Vice President Joe Biden took time off the campaign trail to attend a prayer service for former Democratic Sen. George McGovern.
Obama, Romney and their running mates plan to spend nearly every day leading up to the Nov. 6 election pitching for votes in battleground states.
Romney is spending more time in Ohio Friday, and he also has a stop scheduled in Iowa. He is to campaign in Florida and Virginia over the weekend.
The president is making a rare trip to New Hampshire on Saturday. Then he plans to join former President Bill Clinton for a three-state swing Monday through Florida, Ohio and Virginia.
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