McCain Going Back to New Hampshire to Begin Final Round of Campaigning

By Natalie Gewargis

Oct 31, 2008 11:53am

ABC news’ Ron Claiborne Reports:  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will kick off the final 24 hours of campaigning in New Hampshire Sunday night.

It sounds like this foray is more a reflection of McCain’s superstitious nature or nostalgia than realistic expectation of winning. A University of New Hampshire-WMUR poll released yesterday showed Sen. Barack Obama up 54%-to 36%.

Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., carried the Granite State in 2004. New Hampshire was, of course, the state that boosted his 2000 campaign with an 18 point win in the primary, and re-ignited his 2008 campaign with a win in January.

It was in Portsmouth, N.H. the night before he defeated then Gov. George W. Bush in the 2000 primary, where he found the "lucky nickel" he carries in his pocket (sometimes it’s a penny).
 
On Monday, McCain will make seven campaign stops, culminating in a rally that night in Arizona.

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