Last minute presidential campaigning in the Buckeye State

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CLEVELAND -- Talk about last-minute campaigning. Word this evening is that Mitt Romney will return to Cleveland on election day, with a tentative visit at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

He was at the I-X Center Sunday. It proves just how important Ohio is to both candidates.

In dramatic fashion, Gov. Romney's airplane rolled into a massive hangar in Columbus, before a raucous crowd of 10,000 supporters.

"This is an exciting time, and your voices are being heard all over the nation," Romney told a group of supporters.

A few hours earlier, President Barack Obama was also in Columbus, along with musicians Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen.

Obama holds a very narrow lead in Ohio, according to leading polls.

"Ohio, I haven't give up on the fight," Obama said at the rally. "I have a lot of fight left in me and I hope you do too."

It has been a frantic final day of campaigning for both candidates.

Along with Ohio, Romney made election eve stops in Florida, Virginia and New Hampshire. The battleground states carry a combined total of 62 electoral votes. Any one of them could make or break his chances.

"Tomorrow, we begin a better tomorrow," Romney said.

Or more storm clouds on the horizon, Romney says, if the president wins a second term.

"That same path means $20 trillion in debt. It means continuing crippling unemployed," Romney said.

Meanwhile, the president made stops in Wisconsin and Iowa before ending his day in Ohio, telling the crowd that the race comes down to trust.

"You may be frustrated at the pace of change," Obama said. "You know what I believe. You know I mean what I say, say what mean."

Details on Romney's Cleveland visit have not been released, other than that he and running mate Paul Ryan will be landing at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport late Tuesday morning. They are expected to hold some sort of event at the I-X Center.

He'll also visit Pittsburgh before heading back to Boston to watch the returns.

After a rally in Iowa, the president heads home to Chicago. He has no plans to campaign on election day, but as with all politics, that could change.

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