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GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney spoke to thousands of people in Lower Makefield Township, Bucks County Sunday night as the Republicans look to take the White House back from President Barack Obama. Democrats hope Bill Clinton can secure the win for Obama as he campaigns in Pa. Monday. NBC10's Katy Zachry reports.
Just hours after the final NBC News-Wall Street Journal presidential poll put the race at a virtual dead heat, Republican candidate Mitt Romney held a rally in in front of an energetic crowd in Bucks County in hopes of taking Pennsylvania for the GOP.
"With the right leadership America is about to come roaring back," Romney told the crowd of thousands who stuck it out throw chilly temperatures at Shady Brook Farm in Lower Makefield Township.
The presidential challenger promised that he would bring people together if he defeats Democrat President Barack Obama.
Romney, who is hitting up Battleground States in the final hours of the election including stops in Iowa and Ohio, arrived more than an hour late for the scheduled early evening rally. It didn't matter to the thousands who braved the cold to get a glimpse of the man they hope takes the White House from Obama.
"The people of America understand we're taking back the White House because we're going to win Pennsylvania," Romney said.
During pauses after talking about Obama, the pro-GOP crowd chanted, "send him home, send him home, send him home!"
Romney backers said around 25,000 people stood in the dark and cold to listen to Romney.
Romney's visit comes after his campaign purchased $2 million worth of TV ads in the last week -- Republican groups added another $9 million in ads -- to try and put Pa. in play.
Romney earned 47 percent compared to Obama's 48 percent in the final NBC-WSJ presidential poll of likely voters in Tuesday's general election.
The former Massachusetts governor hopes that he can be the first Republican to win the Keystone State -- and earn its 20 electoral votes -- since 1988. Most polls still have Romney trailing in Pennsylvania including trailing Obama by nine points in the latest Muhlenberg College/Morning Call poll but Saturday's Susquehanna Polling & Research poll has Pa. as a dead heat, according to Politico.