Romney to Campaign in Cleveland Tuesday

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By Jim Acosta and Rachel Streitfeld, CNN



(CNN) — Mitt Romney will campaign in Cleveland, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Election Day, campaign officials said Monday.


While Ohio is considered perhaps the most crucial battleground this cycle, Pennsylvania tends to lean Democratic. Recent polls, however, have indicated the race is tightening in the state, sparking renewed efforts by the Romney campaign to make a play for the state.


The stops, however, won’t be rallies, an adviser said. They will be treated as “OTR’s” – campaign speak for pool reporter coverage of small meet-and-greet type events.


The idea is that they’re “just going to keep working up until the polls close,” the adviser said. The campaign wants to “keep the energy going,” and Romney will mostly be helping and thanking “get-out-the-vote” volunteers, the adviser added.


The visits will mark Romney’s second time to both states this week, as the Republican presidential nominee held an event in Morrisville, Pennsylvania on Sunday and will hold a rally in Columbus, Ohio on Monday night.


Presidential candidates typically set aside campaigning on Election Day, though some White House hopefuls have made last-minute stops.


The campaign announced earlier Monday that Romney and his wife, Ann, are also scheduled to vote Tuesday in Belmont, Massachusetts at around 8:30 a.m. ET.


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