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Romney claims homestretch momentum

DES MOINES, Iowa – “Our campaign has gained the strength of a movement,” Romney told some 3,500 people who filled an early Sunday morning rally at the Iowa Events Center in downtown Des Moines.

“We are only two days away from a new beginning,” Romney continued. “If there’s anyone who fears the American dream is fading away, I have a message: With the right leadership, America is going to come roaring back. We’re Americans. We can do anything.”

Mitt Romney is finishing strong, gaining momentum with upbeat rhetoric, in a non-stop series of rallies that have included two of the biggest crowds seen in the presidential campaign of 2012.

On Friday, Nov. 2, at an outdoor concert featuring Kid Rock, whose song “Born Free” has become a Romney campaign theme song, an estimated 30,000 supporters gathered.

On Saturday, Nov. 3, an overflow crowd packed an outdoor amphitheater with a capacity to hold 18,000, in Englewood, Colo.

“You probably heard what the president said a couple of days ago – that you can vote for revenge,” Romney told a rally of 4,400 supporters in downtown Des Moines on Sunday Morning – a comment he repeated a few hours later to a crowd of 10,000 at an exposition center in Cleveland Hopkins Airport. “I’m telling you that you can vote because you love America.”

At both rallies, Romney emphasized his proven skills as a leader in business, in government and with the Olympics.

“Achieving real change is not something I just talk about, it’s something I do,” Romney claimed. “And it’s something I am going to do as president of the United States, with your help.”

Prospects in Iowa

On Sunday, Nov. 4, the Des Moines Register published its final presidential poll, giving Obama a 5-point advantage, with Obama polling 47 percent of likely voters and Romney 42 percent.

“Iowans are feeling more optimistic about where the nation is headed, and they’re giving President Barack Obama the credit,” staff reporters for the newspaper wrote. “In what continues to shape up as an ultra-tight race nationally, losing Iowa, with its small cache of six Electoral College votes, would complicate Romney’s chances for winning the presidency.”

The same poll, however,

The following video captures a Romney rally in Dubuque, Iowa, on Nov. 3, beginning with comments from auto racing legend Richard Petty: