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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / Campaign 2012

McCain: Republicans More Energized Than in 2008

John McCain and Sarah Palin at the Republican National Convention in 2008.(Liz Lynch)

It’s less than 24 hours before voters go to the polls and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is one of few people who knows exactly what it feels like when a presidential campaign comes to a close.

“It’s a lot of tension and, obviously, it's a lot of excitement,” he said Monday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

In 2008, he said his campaign sensed it wasn't going to be able to pull through to beat the Obama campaign.

 

“In my case, I think there was also a bit of a dose of reality in that we could read the polls and knew that it was going to be very difficult to win, but that didn't change our enthusiasm or our going all out until the last minute,” he said.

McCain said that he senses a lot more energy on the ground for the Republican ticket this time around. Despite being down in several battleground state polls, McCain, and several Republican strategists on the Sunday talk shows, said there is an excitement level that will be apparent come Tuesday.

“There's incredible enthusiasm out there,” McCain said. “How that translates, I'm not exactly sure. But it's bound to be encouraging for Mitt.”

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