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Springsteen in final Kerry push
Bruce Springsteen and Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry at a Kerry rally
Springsteen helped draw about 80,000 to a Kerry rally in Wisconsin
Singer Bruce Springsteen is lending his support to US presidential candidate John Kerry in the key swing state of Ohio on the eve of the election.

The US rock icon, who played to packed rallies last week, joined Democratic Senator Kerry in Cleveland on Monday.

Mr Kerry and George W Bush are neck and neck in the polls, and analysts believe the race in Ohio may prove the decider.

Ohio has been inundated with stars after Arnold Schwarzenegger joined President Bush at a rally on Friday.

Returning to the city of Columbus, Ohio, where he won the 1970 Mr World competition, the actor-turned-California governor stood alongside the president.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger addresses Republican convention
Schwarzenegger joined George W Bush in Ohio on Friday

"If you flex your muscles on November 2, I guarantee President Bush will be back," said Mr Schwarzenegger, playing on his famous Terminator line.

Springsteen, who had never endorsed a political candidate before this year, attracted about 80,000 people to a rally in Wisconsin on Thursday, where he sang the Democrat campaign theme No Surrender.

The singer has just completed the Vote for Change tour, alongside artists including REM, Pearl Jam and the Dixie Chicks.

The tour of 36 cities took in crucial swing states such as Ohio and Florida, pushing their message of voting out President Bush.

P Diddy believes the young black vote could decide the race

Other celebrities on the campaign trail include fellow rock star Jon Bon Jovi and actor Ben Affleck, who campaigned with Mr Kerry in Boston.

Meanwhile, rapper P Diddy is ending up his six-city tour of the US, urging more young and minority groups to vote.

The hip-hop star, also known as Sean Combs, embarked on a three-day tour to Milwaukee, Detroit, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Miami sporting his trademark "Vote or Die!" T-shirt.

He was joined on the tour by R&B singer Mary J Blige and by actor Leonardo DiCaprio in Detroit.

Combs is not endorsing either candidate, but believes his target audience - the 42 million 18 to 30-year-olds and black voters - could decide the outcome.

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