Romney sprinting to finish in key states

Associated Press Modified: November 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm •  Published: November 3, 2012
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"Three more days. I can't believe it," said Beth Myers, who was Romney's chief of staff in Massachusetts and led the search for running mate Paul Ryan. Romney himself on Friday used his own iPhone to film staffers asleep in seats topped with red felt covers embroidered with each person's name, recording the scene for posterity.

The Romneys have been on the campaign trail, on and off, since his June 2011 announcement that he was running for president. He hit the road full time beginning in December, with bus tours through New Hampshire and Iowa ahead of their early primary contests. South Carolina, Florida, Nevada and Colorado followed, one by one; rival Rick Santorum's surge meant he had to keep going through Michigan, Ohio and Illinois — and even to Puerto Rico, where fireworks capped a raucous rally-turned-party that went on hours longer than planned.

The Secret Service arrived after he won Florida, their presence growing ever more conspicuous as the months wore on. The motorcades grew from just a few cars to more than a dozen, with fleets of cops on motorcycles racing alongside

On the flights, Romney usually stays sequestered in the first class cabin — his seat cover is embroidered with his nickname, "The Gov." He chats with aides, eats peanut butter and honey sandwiches or looks at new TV ads on his iPad. He snacks on pita chips, which the campaign keeps stored in the overhead bins near his seat.

His wife, Ann Romney, sometimes brings along her homemade Welsh cakes or other treats, handing them out to the reporters and Secret Service who have seats in the back of the plane.

She ventured back on Saturday morning, wearing a bright pink blazer and purple lady bug brooch. She wouldn't say how her husband was feeling .

"It's been a long road," she said.

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