VP candidate Paul Ryan makes last stump speech in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE -- Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Wisconsin's own Paul Ryan filed into Sterling Aviation at General Mitchell International Airport, where Ryan was set to make a late night campaign appearance -- ending the final day of campaigning before voters take to the polls on Tuesday.

Over the last three months, Wisconsinites have watched Ryan ascend to the national stage. Monday night, on the eve of an historic election, Ryan's final campaign stop returned the VP candidate to his roots.

"I think it's exciting! I think it's high energy," Sue Buchold said.

"There's a lot of energy. There's a lot of nervousness. (Ryan) is nuts and bolts. He's common sense," Todd Schmitt said.

"It's gonna be very, very close I think. There's no doubt about that. I think (Ryan) is going to energize all these folks and tell them to tell their neighbors to get out," Scott Finkelmeyer said.

Ryan's home state is also a critical battleground state in this election. Both presidential campaigns have fought hard for Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes.

Polls showed the state in a dead heat, with Election Day just hours away.

"I think that some of the polls are misleading. I think the enthusiasm is with Romney/Ryan right now," Schmitt said.

Monday was the last day of campaigning before the polls open on Tuesday morning, and Republican vice presidential candidate and Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan was busy.

Ryan began his day with an event at Atlantic Aviation in Reno, Nevada.

"We need to step up, solve our country's problems, elect real leaders, get this nation back on the right track, and tomorrow we do that by voting for Mitt Romney as the next president of the United States," Ryan told the crowd.

Next, Ryan stopped at a rally at Johnson's Corner in Johnstown, Colorado.

Monday evening, Ryan appeared at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, before rounding out the evening with airport stops in Vienna, Ohio and finally -- Milwaukee.

"It's really exciting being from Wisconsin and seeing him from here, doing that. It's been very cool," Buchwald said.

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