Down to a fierce finish, President Barack Obama accused Mitt Romney of scaring voters with lies on Friday, while the Republican challenger warned grimly of political paralysis and another recession if Obama reclaims the White House. Heading into the final weekend, the race's last big report on the economy showed hiring picking up but millions still out of work.
"Four more days!" Romney supporters bellowed at his rally in Wisconsin. "Four more years!" Obama backers shouted as the president campaigned in Ohio.
With Ohio at the center of it all, the candidates sharpened their closing lines, both clutching to the mainstream middle while lashing out at one another. Virtually all of the nine homestretch battleground states were getting personal attention from the contenders or top members of their teams, and Romney was pressing hard to add Pennsylvania to the last-minute mix.
Bill Clinton pushes Obama's case in Florida tour
Bill Clinton says he's "far more enthusiastic about" supporting President Barack Obama this time than four years ago.
At an appearance at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth on Friday, the former president told the crowd "I may be the only person in America" to be more excited about Obama than in 2008.
But he says the president has proved he's worthy of re-election by enacting policies that are working.
Clinton expressed concern about Superstorm Sandy and a flood of attack ads affecting the presidential contest. He says "this election is way closer than it should be."
Clinton finished the day in Palm Bay where he captivated the crowd.
"I have worked much harder than I intended to in this presidential campaign, and as you can see, I've nearly lost my voice. I've done it, because every day I feel more strongly about it," he told the audience.
Nearly 3.5 million have already voted in Florida
State elections officials say more than 3.4 million Floridians have cast ballots through early voting or with an absentee ballot.
With Friday and Saturday the final two remaining days for those wanting to vote early, 3,464,182 Floridians have already cast their ballot.
More Democrats (86,848) had taken advantage of the early voting in Florida while more Republicans (80,021) returned absentee ballots though Thursday. There were 595,661 non-affiliated voters in addition to 1,293,223 Democrats and 1,472,278 Republicans who have voted in the Sunshine State.
Despite record turnout in many parts of the state, Florida Gov. Rick Scott rejected calls Thursday to extend early voting through Sunday to help alleviate long lines at the polls.
Colorado is the only swing state where more Republicans have voted than Democrats heading into Election Day.
Obama, Romney to make Florida stops ahead of election
Each presidential candidate will make one last stop in the Sunshine State ahead of Tuesday's election.
On Sunday, November 4, President Obama will hold grassroots rallies in Concord, New Hampshire; Hollywood, Florida; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Aurora, Colorado. The event in South Florida will be held at McArthur High School Football Field, located at 6501 Hollywood Boulevard. Crowds will be admitted beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Romney is squeezing in one last visit to Central Florida Monday morning with a fly-in visit to a victory rally at Orlando-Sanford International Airport. For Romney it will be his fourth visit to Central Florida in as many weeks. Romney will be speaking at the Avion Jet Center, 2842 Flightline Ave., Orlando Sanford International Airport. The Avion gates are to open at 6:30 a.m. Tickets are required but are free at the campaign's website.
On the eve of Election Day, First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Florida, where she will speak to grassroots supporters in Orlando. The event is planned for 6 p.m. at Southport Park, 3407 E. Landstreet Road. Grammy Award winning, multi-platinum artist and Obama-Biden supporterRicky Martin will also speak at this event prior to the First Lady's remarks. The First Lady's event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required due to limited space. Tickets are available online.
Some information taken from the Associated Press.