Candidates sprint across US as race approaches its end

WASHINGTON – The presidential candidates crisscrossed the US in a frantic day of campaigning Sunday, as polls put the race at a virtual dead heat less than 48 hours before Election Day.
In addition to appearances by US President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney in swing states including Florida, Ohio, Iowa and Virginia, campaign surrogates took to podiums and television screens to lobby for their candidate.
Romney and Obama made direct appeals for votes in a race that may come down to which side does the best job of getting its supporters to the polls.
“It’s up to you. You have the power,” Obama told a crowd of more than 14,000 people who filled the downtown streets of Concord, New Hampshire. “You will be shaping the decisions for this country for decades to come, right now, in the next two days.”