Election 2008: On the Campaign Trail

McCain, Obama Campaign On Election Day

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Barack Obama voted in his Chicago neighborhood and then traveled to Indiana for a final, low-key campaign stop. John McCain began the day by voting in Phoenix, and then headed to Nevada and Colorado for a pair of campaign stops in two hotly contested Western battlegrounds.


From NPR News, this is All Things Considered. I'm Melissa Block. The first polls have begun to close this hour in parts of Indiana and Kentucky. By the end of the hour, they'll be closing in the battleground state of Virginia, and polls in some parts of Florida and New Hampshire will close. No matter who wins, this is a day for the history books. Across the country, voters lined up, many waiting for hours to cast their ballots. This year's turnout is expected to easily beat the record turnout of four years ago. Predictions are between 130 and 140 million voters this year. As for the candidates, Senator John McCain cast his ballot in Phoenix, Arizona. Then he headed to the battleground state of New Mexico and to a rally in Grand Junction, Colorado.

(Soundbite of Republican campaign rally)

Senator JOHN MCCAIN (Republican, Arizona; Republican Presidential Candidate): With your help, we're going to take America in a new direction. Get out there and vote. I need your help. Volunteer, knock on doors, get your neighbors to the polls. Drag them there if you need to. We're going to bring real change to Washington, and we have to fight for it.

(Soundbite of crowd ovation)

BLOCK: John McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin, was back home in Alaska. She spoke with reporters after she cast her vote.

Governor SARAH PALIN (Republican, Alaska; Republican Vice Presidential Candidate): We have a very optimistic, very confident view of what's going to happen today, and again just so glad to get to be home in Wasilla to cast this vote because forever I'm going to be Sarah from Alaska.

BLOCK: Tonight, Palin will join McCain in Phoenix to watch the returns from the city's historic Biltmore Spa and Resort. As for Senator Barack Obama, he kept a relatively low profile today. He held no rallies and made only one trip to help volunteers work the phones in Indianapolis. Obama began the day by voting in his Chicago neighborhood. With him were his daughters and his wife, Michelle. He didn't have to say much to get other voters at the polling place fired up.

Senator BARACK OBAMA (Democrat, Illinois; Democratic Presidential Candidate): I voted.

(Soundbite of cheering)

BLOCK: Obama's running mate, Joe Biden, cast his ballot in Wilmington, Delaware. Then he headed to Richmond, Virginia, to greet voters at the polls. Tonight Senators Obama and Biden will appear together in Chicago's Grant Park, maximum capacity 70,000.

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