Candidates pick up steam after last debate

President Obama, Romney enter final stretch

Published On: Oct 23 2012 07:19:55 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 23 2012 07:49:23 AM EDT
Romney and Obama
BOCA RATON, Fla. -

President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are opening a two-week sprint to Election Day powered by adrenaline, a boatload of campaign cash and a determination to reach Nov. 6 with no would-have, should-have regrets.

All the focus now is on locking down support in the nine states whose electoral votes are still considered up for grabs. Mitt Romney heads west to Nevada and Colorado on Tuesday.

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Meantime, President Obama will campaign in Florida. His South Florida event will take place at the Delray Beach Tennis Center,  201 West Atlantic Avenue, at around 10:15 a.m. Afterward, the President will to another battleground state: Ohio.

The candidates will vastly accelerate their travel, ad spending and grass-roots mobilizing in a race that's likely to cost upward of $2 billion by the time it all ends.

Neither candidate scored a knockout punch in their third and last debate Monday, as both men reined in the confrontational sniping that had marked their last testy encounter.