UNDATED (AP) — President Barack Obama has congratulated rival Mitt Romney "on a spirited campaign" and declared he's confident he's "got the votes to win."
The president is spending Election Day in his hometown of Chicago, after a final campaign rally last night in Iowa.
He's been doing radio and satellite TV interviews and visited a campaign office to thank workers and make some calls. He also plans to play basketball with his aides.
Romney, meanwhile, is making a last-minute appeal for votes in Cleveland and Pittsburgh after voting this morning in Massachusetts.
He told a Virginia radio station (WRVA) he added today's stops to avoid having to look back on his campaign "with anything other than the greatest degree of satisfaction."
He'll return to Massachusetts for what he hopes will be a victory celebration tonight at the Boston Convention Center.
199-w-35-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent, with President Obama)--President Obama is sounding upbeat this Election Day as he gets ready to await the returns in his hometown, Chicago. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. ((Opens with sound)) (6 Nov 2012)
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153-a-05-(Mitt Romney, Republican presidential nominee, at campaign rally)-"renewing our conviction"-Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says the nation can chart a new path at the polls today. (6 Nov 2012)
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APPHOTO OHCD115: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his vice presidential running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., make an unscheduled stop at a Wendy's restaurant in Richmond Heights, Ohio, on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak (6 Nov 2012)
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APPHOTO ILCK113: President Barack Obama visits with people outside a campaign office the morning of the 2012 election, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (6 Nov 2012)
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