Thu 15 Sep, 2011 05:10 am
MILWAUKEE — Two years after appearing here on Labor Day to kick off the final stretch
of his historic campaign, President Barack Obama returned Monday to speak to union members, in a starkly different political environment.
The Democrats, on the ascent at Obama’s 2008 Laborfest visit, are now unmistakably a party on defense.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/41816.html#ixzz1Y1ChtTUN
In horse racing, the final straightaway on the race track is referred to as the "home stretch." (This is probably because the jockey's whip up the horses there, and the horses "stretch out," taking their longest strides.)
By extension, home stretch has been applied to any sort of contest, especially a race. Political campaigns are often likened to races. Home stretch has been shortened to just stretch in most instances in which it is figuratively used. Here they have replaced home stretch with final stretch.
"the final stretch of his historic campaign"
In this sentence, it speaks about the last part of the campaign, his final speaking event, before the election.