McCain’s final stop: Prescott, Arizona
The Arizona senator caps a frantic, final day of campaigning on Monday with a midnight rally on the courthouse steps in the old territorial capital, where he has concluded his earlier campaigns for Senate.
The courthouse plaza has hosted other notable rallies. Former Sen. Barry Goldwater, the 1964 presidential candidate who McCain regards as a role model, ended his campaigns there as well, as did members of the state’s Udall dynasty.
“It’s got great historical significance in Arizona,” said McCain adviser Mark Salter.
Though rich in symbolism, the rally will come at the cost of the rarest of commodities in the final days of a presidential campaign: sleep.
The rally wraps up at 1:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning, and the campaign won’t reach his home city of Phoenix until 1:45. That’s 20 hours after the day’s first rally in Tampa.
Tuesday’s schedule looks a bit more forgiving. McCain has only two tasks that day: vote, and wait for the the results to come in.
Photo credit REUTERS/Brian Snyder. McCain speaks at rally in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, Nov. 2, 2008