Mad Dash to White House Via Pa. Voters

The presidential candidates are running their own marathon Monday.

Republican John McCain is on a grueling schedule today.  He will be sprinting through several swing states.  

McCain will hit Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Indiana, New Mexico and Nevada before ending with a rally in his home state of Arizona.

Barack Obama is barnstorming up the East Coast today, before closing out a history-making run.

Gov. Ed Rendell will campaign for the Democrats in Philadelphia today.

Obama hurtles through the battleground states of Florida, North Carolina, then Virginia.

His last stop before heading home to Chicago will be a fairgrounds near Manassas, the first great battleground of the Civil War.

Former President Bill Clinton will campaign Monday for Democrats in Erie, Johnstown and Wilkes-Barre.

No matter who wins history will be made.  

Pennsylvania is ground zero for an election that will give America its first African-American president or its biggest upset in 60 years.

While McCain is finishing the campaign with a heavy presence in Pennsylvania, Democrat Ba-rack Obama is relying more on surrogates and a massive field effort to capture the state's 21 electoral votes.

Three polls last week gave Obama a double-digit lead in Pennsylvania, but a new NBC/Mason Dixon poll shows Obama up by only 4 points.

Though no Republican presidential candidate has carried the state since 1988, McCain has continued his blitz here in the campaign's closing days.

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