Romney makes closing GOTV pitch in Virginia

FAIRFAX, Va.-The persistent chant from the crowd at one of Mitt Romney’s final rallies just about says it all: “One more day,” an estimated 8,500 supporters cheered at a Monday afternoon event in the Northern Virginia suburbs.

It was the last event in the critical battleground state of Virginia for Romney before Election Day and part of a grueling day of campaign stops that included rallies in Florida and Manchester, N.H.

At George Mason University’s Patriot Center, Romney issued a final GOTV call in a bid to energize supporters in Northern Virginia and any remaining fence-sitters ahead of Tuesday.

„We’ve known some long days and some short nights,” Romney told the cheering crowd. „I need your vote, and I need your work.”

Setting the stage for Romney, Virginia’s Republican ticket hammered President Obama on a range of issues. The rally featured Gov. Bob McDonnell and former Sen. George Allen, who’s facing Democrat Tim Kaine in one of the country’s tightest Senate contests on Tuesday.

For his part, Romney thanked campaign volunteers for their GOTV efforts and stressed the need for those present to get themselves and their friends to the polls on Tuesday and to work on convincing those late deciders.

„Ask them to look beyond the speeches, the attacks and the ads and look at the record,” Romney said of undecided voters.

Playing on President Obama’s recent “revenge” quip, Romney continued his “vote for love of country” theme at Monday’s Fairfax event, telling the crowd the nation is only one day away from a fresh start.

From Virginia, Romney headed to an evening event in Manchester, N.H., but his campaign has now added two Election Day stops-one in Ohio and another in Pennsylvania.

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