Track the candidates as they crisscross the country.
(CNN) - John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, barnstorms across Ohio Thursday.
His schedule calls for rallies, events and media interviews in Defiance, Sandusky, Elyria and Mentor, Ohio.
The most recent CNN Poll of Polls in Ohio showed Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama with an 8-point lead over McCain, 50 percent to 42 percent. The polls were conducted October 22 through October 27.
Obama is scheduled to begin his day in Florida, with a rally in Sarasota. He is then expected to attend a rally in Virginia Beach, Virginia and hopscotch to Columbia, Missouri, for a rally.
A CNN/Time/Opinion Research poll in Florida released Wednesday showed Obama leading McCain 51 to 47 percent. The poll was conducted October 23 through October 28 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 points.
The race is close in Missouri as well, with a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corp. poll released Wednesday showing a statistical dead heat. McCain led Obama by two points, 50 percent to 48 percent. The poll was conducted October 23 through October 28 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 points.
The vice presidential nominees - Republican Gov. Sarah Palin and Democratic Sen. Joe Biden - will campaign in the same states Thursday. They're both visiting battleground states Missouri and Pennsylvania.
Palin's schedule includes a rally in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She then travels to Pennsylvania for a national security roundtable and a rally in Erie, and a rally in Williamsport.
Meanwhile, Biden will attend a rally in Arnold, Missouri and then head to Pennsylvania for rallies in Allentown and Willamsport.
A CNN Poll of Polls in Pennsylvania released Wednesday showed Obama with an 11-point lead over McCain, 53 percent to 42 percent. The polls were conducted October 19 through October 27.