McCain tries to Reclaim 3 Battleground States

NEW YORK (AP) -- Having gained some energy from his final debate performance, John McCain is setting out to reclaim three battleground states that had been his until the nation's financial crisis.

The Republican presidential contender is scheduled to make two stops in Florida today. He'll move on to North Carolina and Virginia tomorrow.

In all three states, he's lost his lead in polls over the past month.

He'll get a boost from Sen. Joe Lieberman in Florida. Lieberman was the first Jewish candidate on a major-party ticket as the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000. He still has a strong following among Jews living in Florida and is scheduled to introduce McCain at stops in Miami and Melbourne.

Recent surveys have shown Democrat Barack Obama opening as much as a 5-point lead in the state. The two are essentially tied in North Carolina, but Obama has opened a nearly double-digit lead in Virginia.


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