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Springsteen, Jay-Z, Reznor, Densmore Make Last Minute Election Pushes

November 3, 2008 9:35 AM ET

With Election Day technically underway with early voting going down in 25 states, musicians continue to throw some last-minute support to Barack Obama. In the battleground of Ohio, Bruce Springsteen appeared with Obama at a rally, saying "I don't know about you, but I want my country back, I want my dream back, I want my America back! Now is the time to stand with Barack Obama and Joe Biden, roll up our sleeves, and come." In the swing state of Pennsylvania, Jay-Z, Diddy and Mary J. Blige all spoke at the Vote Block party in Philadelphia this morning with the hope of swaying some of those undecided voters. "Things are about to change," Diddy told the packed crowd at the rally. Obama's running mate Joe Biden will also be in Philadelphia tonight, campaigning with Jimmy Rollins of the World Series-winning Phillies. And in this YouTube video, Doors drummer John Densmore announced his support of Barack Obama. "I met Barack Obama when my group Tribal Jazz played a rally about a year ago, I was impressed with how genuine he was," Densmore says. "So, please vote, and if you can, vote Democratic."

Also, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor got in on the action with an e-mail sent to the NIN mailing list, pleading with his fans to vote, regardless of who they prefer. "This election offers a choice is between two men with dramatically different visions of the future. We have strong feelings about this choice," Reznor writes without revealing who he's actually voting for (though considering he once wrote an anti-Bush concept album, it seems pretty obvious). Read the entire text of Reznor's message below:

Trent Reznor's Letter to Fans:

Next Tuesday we will elect the next President of the United States. The result will have great consequences for the nation.

This election offers a choice is between two men with dramatically different visions of the future. We have strong feelings about this choice. But we feel even more strongly that all Americans, regardless of political preference, have a stake in the outcome and should vote in this critical election.

This is likely to be a close election. Your vote matters. Please use it and make a difference.

Sincerely,
Trent Reznor

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