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McCain, Obama hunt for votes in final 48 hours|
Updated: 2008-11-03 07:20
Washington - Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain raced through the battleground states of Ohio and Pennsylvania on Sunday, with McCain struggling to overtake Obama's lead in the final 48 hours of the fight for the White House.
Obama warned against overconfidence at a rally in Columbus, Ohio, one of about a dozen crucial battleground states that will decide a race to succeed unpopular US President George W. Bush lasting two years and costing more than $2 billion.
"We can't afford to slow down, sit back, or let up for one day, one minute, or one second in these last few days," the Illinois senator said.
McCain reached out to undecided voters in Pennsylvania, his best and perhaps last hope of stealing a Democratic-leaning state from Obama as the two candidates search for the 270 electoral votes needed for victory.
The Arizona senator is battling to wipe out Obama's lead in every national opinion poll and in many key states, and he and his top aides said he was closing the gap at the end.
"My friends, I've been in a lot of campaigns. I know when momentum is there," he said in Wallingford, Pennsylvania. "We're going to win Pennsylvania and we're going to win this election. I sense it and I feel it and I know it."