John McCain and Barack Obama joined voters eager to cast ballots on Tuesday before making one last pitch for supporters to turn out for their historic presidential contest. With voters standing in line at polling places around the country, many people didn't need a nudge.
Obama, accompanied by his wife and two daughters, turned in his ballot at his Chicago neighborhood precinct - "I voted," he told reporters, holding up a validation slip - and then headed to neighboring Indiana for a last-minute speech designed to prompt as many Democrats and independents as possible to vote in the Republican swing state.
"The journey ends," Obama told reporters, "but voting with my daughters, that was a big deal."
In Phoenix, McCain left his high-rise condominium to cast a ballot at a nearby church before preparing to fly to Colorado and New Mexico, two battleground states he would likely need to score an upset victory. He gave supporters a thumbs-up sign and was in and out of the polling place within minutes.
"Nobody knows what the voter turnout's going to be," McCain told "Good Morning America" on ABC in an interview hours before polls opened. "I'm very happy with where we are. We always do best when I'm a bit of an underdog."