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Obama 'Bubble' Confident On Home Straight
US President Barack Obama has launched an unprecedented campaign blitz through eight states in 39 hours in his bid to secure a second term in the White House.
Mr Obama is travelling more than 6,000 miles across four time zones in what he has described as a "marathon extravaganza" to encourage voters to the polls.
The President is neck-and-neck with Republican challenger Mitt Romney with 12 days to go until election day.
His trip includes swing states Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, Florida, Ohio and Virginia and he held a conference call with 9,000 undecided voters from aboard the presidential jet Air Force One.
Both campaigns have now unleashed what they call their "ground game" of knocking on doors and calling undecided voters in swing states.
Sky News joined the Obama campaign "bubble" for his sweep across the country and discovered a mood of confidence.
Senior advisors believe he has regained the momentum after a sticky patch after the first televised debate. They say he has a "clear path" towards securing the 270 electoral college votes he needs.
Obama campaign advisor David Plouffe told reporters: "We win the election if it were held today.
"Our view is that in all the battleground states we've contested, every single one of them, we have a credible pathway to 50%."
The campaign believes the key is keeping the pressure on people who voted for Mr Obama in 2008 to come out and do it again.
In Iowa, 3,500 people packed into Mississippi Valley Fairground to stand under autumnal leaves and hear the President.
He told them: "This is where it all began four years ago, on your front porches, in your backyards. This is where the movement for change began. And Iowa, you will once again choose the path ahead.
"We can't afford to go back to what got us into this mess. We've got to stick with policies that are getting out of this mess."
Supporter Heather Khoury said: "I think he's moving us forward, I don't think think that is just his spiel. I think some of the things he promised Congress didn't allow him to do so it shouldn't all be blamed on him."
Randall Dreese said: "I really don't see how the United States as a whole could survive four years of Mitt Romney."
In Denver, 16,000 braved the chill to listen to a shirt-sleeved Mr Obama lambast his rival's plans and repeat his now familiar "Romnesia" campaign gag.
Buses were waiting to ferry people to early voting stations nearby. The campaign is now focused on energising its core and looking to find every wavering voter.
Mr Obama, who spent the night aboard Air Force One, also stopped off in Los Angeles to record an interview with late night comedy host Jay Leno.
He mocked controversial tycoon and "birther" Donald Trump, who earlier offered to give $5m to charity if Mr Obama released his college and passport records.
The President joked that their disagreement dates back to when he and Trump were growing up Kenya.
"We had constant run-ins on the soccer field. He wasn't very good and resented it. When we finally moved to America I thought it would be over," he said.
Mr Obama will make detour to his home city of Chicago today to cast his own early vote before completing his trip.