Republican John McCain voted near his home in Arizona this morning, then immediately embarked for events in two key swing states in the West.
McCain, his wife, Cindy, and close friend Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut behind him, asked Colorado voters for their help getting his supporters to the polls.
"Drag them there if you need to," McCain urged the crowd in Grand Junction, Colo.
In a bit of election day drama/bad luck, McCain's campaign plane had to abort its landing into Alburquerque. According to press reports, a flight crew member announced that another plane was on the runway.
The 737 circled the airport and landed safely. The Time correspondent on board reports, "The press cheered and sang 'Highway to the Danger Zone,' a regular campaign rally favorite."
UPDATE: Returning to Phoenix to watch the returns come in, McCain bid his traveling press corps a fond farewell in something that sounded awfully like a valedictory.
The Associated Press reports that McCain came back to the press cabin with his wife, Cindy, to say goodbye.
"My friends, it's our last flight on this airplane," McCain said. "I'm feeling good, feeling confident about the way things have turned out. We've had a great ride, a great experience full of memories that we will always treasure."
"So anyway we've had a great time and I wish you every success, I look forward to being with you in the future. Thanks very much."
Despite most polls suggesting otherwise, McCain said he was hopeful earlier today.
"I think these battleground states have now closed up, almost all of them, and I believe there's a good scenario where we can win," McCain said on "The Early Show" on CBS this morning.
"Look, I know I'm still the underdog, I understand that," McCain said. "You can't imagine, you can't imagine the excitement of an individual to be this close to the most important position in the world, and I'll enjoy it, enjoy it. I'll never forget it as long as I live."
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