TAMPA, Fla. -- And on Day Two, there was Florida. There will also be voting – presidential voting – and flying, lots of flying.

President Obama continued his last-minute, cross-country tour of the nation’s battleground states here Thursday morning, blasting Republican Mitt Romney and saying he is determined to win a second term. It was the first stop in another long day, a day that will take him to his hometown of Chicago, where he will become the first sitting president to cast an early ballot.

Campaign officials said Obama’s decision to vote early is part of the campaign’s urgent effort to take advantage of the growing trend of early voting and bring its supporters to the polls.  All week, officials have said they are encouraged by early voting patterns in the battleground states.

“If it’s good enough for the President to vote early, it’s good enough for anyone else in this country,’’ Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said just before the Tampa rally, held on the grounds of a state park.

In a letter e-mailed to supporters, Obama played up his early trip to the polls. "Today, I'm meeting up with a neighbor and heading to the polls in my hometown of Chicago,'' the letter said. "Thanks for being a voter yourself. I know I can count on your vote. Now, it's on all of us to make sure our friends and family step up. Reach out to folks you know in important early vote states."

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