The latest polls in the race to the White House put Democrat Barrack Obama ahead of rival John McCain in five of the eight key battleground states.
With just over a week to go until polling day, Obama appears to have an overall lead of 5 points but remains neck and neck with McCain in Florida.
Wary of complacency, Obama is warning supporters not to get carried away with the thought of victory.
‘‘We’re going to have to fight for every single one of these next nine days to move our country in a new direction. We can’t let up and I know we won’t,’‘ he said.
Despite lagging behind in around a dozen states won by President Bush in 2004, McCain is refusing to be downcast. The so called ‘comeback kid’ of US politics is continuing to target the crucial swing states.
‘‘I’m aware it’s been many, many, many years since a presidential candidate was able to win the presidency without Ohio, I don’t intend to take that risk. We will win Ohio, we will win, we will win,’‘ he insisted.
McCain knows no Republican has won the presidency without taking Ohio since Abraham Lincoln in 1860. A vital state for both candidates, Ohio has selected the last 11 presidents.