John McCain and Mitt Romney have both been criss-crossing the Granite state in one last quest for votes. McCain’s Straight Talk Express pulled a decent, but far from spectacular, crowd in Manchester earlier. Mitt Romney filled a school hall in Bedford.
Turnout is expected to be high tomorrow thanks both to voter interest and unseasonally warm weather; the higher the turnout, the better for McCain who has a lead just outside the margin of error and polls well amongst those not certain to vote. The smart money seems to be on him winning but not blowing Romney away here.
Watching Romney tonight, one wondered why his campaign tried to reinvent him as a hard core social conservative rather than presenting him a, to borrow a phrase, ‘a reformer with results’ who could fix Washington. If Romney had run as himself he wouldn’t have had all these flip-flopping problems and probably would have connected with voters better. His campaign’s attempt to create the perfect Republican primary candidate was the enemy of the good.
PS Those wanting a great introduction to McCain and what a McCain presidency would mean for Britain, read Matt's intervidew with him from 2005.