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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – With less than 24 hours to go before Election Day, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are making their final pitches for President.

Both have a slew of stops on the campaign trail Monday in advance of Tuesday’s general election. In Minnesota, a new poll by Public Policy Polling shows that Obama currently has a lead in the state with a projected 53 percent of the vote, while Romney is at 45 percent. The latest poll by the Star Tribune shows the race is much tighter, with just a three point difference between the candidates.

Romney’s vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan and former President Bill Clinton each made stops in Minnesota on Sunday in an attempt to pick up last-minute voters. Ryan stopped at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport with his wife, Janna. He mentioned his Minnesota ties, which include that he spent a summer working at Oscar Meyer in Eden Prairie. He’s also a cousin of Twins General Manager Terry Ryan.

“This is the most important election in our generation. We’ve got a big decision to make,” Ryan told supporters. “We’re not just deciding who’s going to be the next President for four more years, we are deciding what kind of people were are going to be, what kind of country we are going to have and what kind of country we are going to have for our kids for at least a generation.”

Clinton stopped for a campaign visit in St. Cloud. It was his second stop in the state in less than a week.

“I came back to Minnesota because to me, Minnesota always embodies progressivism in the best sense, always doing what the founding fathers told us to do,” Clinton told his crowd. “To make our union more perfect, to widen the circle of opportunity and to deepen the reach of freedom.”

With one day to go before the election, Josh Romney will in the Twin Cities to speak at a rally at about noon Monday at the Plymouth Victory Center.

Obama will campaign in Wisconsin, Iowa and Ohio on Monday, while Romney has stops scheduled in Florida, Virginia and New Hampshire.

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