Obama's campaign is ending where it all began

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — For President Barack Obama, it's ending where it all began.

Obama will close his 2012 campaign with a nighttime rally Monday in Iowa, where his 2008 caucus victory jumpstarted his road to the White House. The president is expected to reflect back on the state's pivotal role in his political rise during remarks delivered at the site of his first Iowa campaign headquarters.

But it's more than just nostalgia that is bringing Obama back to Iowa one more time. The president's team is seeking to hold off Republican challenger Mitt Romney by sweeping the Midwest, including Iowa's six Electoral College votes.

Obama will be joined by his wife, Michelle, rocker Bruce Springsteen and a cadre of longtime advisers and friends who have been with him for the final stretch.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.