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Elbowing each other all the way, Trump, Clinton near finish


    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (left) speaks at a campaign rally at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. today. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (right) speaks during a campaign rally in Raleigh, N.C., today.

SCRANTON, Pa. >> Straining toward the finish line of the wildly unpredictable White House race, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump blitzed through battleground states today in a final bid to energize supporters. Clinton urged voters to embrace a “hopeful, inclusive, bighearted America,” while Trump called for support to “beat the corrupt system.”

The candidates planned to campaign late into the night, a frenzied end to a bitter election year that has laid bare the nation’s deep economic and cultural divides.

Clinton opened the day Monday buoyed by FBI Director James Comey’s announcement Sunday that he would not recommend criminal charges against her following a new email review. The inquiry had sapped a surging Clinton momentum at a crucial moment in the race, though she still heads into Election Day with multiple paths to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to become the nation’s first female president.

“I think I have some work to do to bring the country together,” she acknowledged as she boarded her plane for her last battleground tour. “I really do want to be the president for everybody.”

Looking beyond Election Day, Clinton said in a radio interview that she hopes Trump will play a “constructive role” in helping bring the country together if she defeats him.

Trump was aggressive to the end, slamming Clinton as the “face of failure.” Having made the new FBI review a centerpiece of his closing case to voters, he argued that the Democrat was being protected by a “totally rigged system.”

“You have one magnificent chance to beat the corrupt system and deliver justice,” Trump said. “Do not let this opportunity slip away.”

The comments were a reminder that Comey’s news, delivered in a letter to lawmakers on Sunday, was a doubled-edged sword for Clinton. While it vindicated her claims that the emails would not yield new evidence, it ensured that a controversy that has dogged her campaign from the start would follow her through Election Day.

Across the country, nearly 24 million early ballots were cast under the shadow of Comey’s initial announcement of a new email review. That number represents more than half of the roughly 42.5 million people who had cast votes by Monday afternoon, according to Associated Press data.

The inquiry involved material found on a computer belonging to Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former congressman and estranged husband of Huma Abedin, a longtime Clinton aide. Comey said Sunday the FBI reviewed communications “to or from Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state.”

Clinton tried to fly above the controversy Monday and was not expected to address the matter during stops in Michigan and North Carolina. She was also headlining an evening rally in Philadelphia with President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, along with rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi.

Nearing the end of his two terms in the White House, Obama was nostalgic as he launched his own busy day of events, noting that he was probably making his last campaign swing for the foreseeable future.

“Whatever credibility I have earned after eight years as president, I am asking you to trust me on this. I am voting for Hillary Clinton,” Obama said.

Clinton is banking in part on high turnout — particularly among Obama’s young, diverse coalition of voters — to carry her over the finish line Tuesday. Roughly half the states with advance voting have reported record turnout, including Florida and Nevada, which have booming Hispanic populations, a possible good sign for Clinton.

In Florida alone, Hispanic participation is up by more than 453,000 votes, nearly doubling the 2012 level. Black turnout is up compared to 2012, but that share of the total vote is lower due to bigger jumps among Latinos and whites, according to University of Florida professor Daniel Smith

In Nevada, where more than three-fourths of expected ballots have been cast, Democrats also lead, 42 percent to 36 percent.

Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie downplayed the impact of increased Hispanic participation, telling reporters on a conference call, “We feel that we’re going to get a good share of those votes.” However, he sidestepped two questions about the level of Hispanic vote Trump needs to win the presidency.

Without victories in Florida and Nevada, Trump’s path to 270 electoral votes would be exceedingly narrow. He already must win nearly all of the roughly dozen battleground states.

Trump planned to campaign at a breakneck pace through Election Day. Following the rally in Florida, he headed to North Carolina and then was off to Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. After voting in New York Tuesday morning, After that, Trump was to return to Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina and New Hampshire.

Midway through his travels Monday, Trump praised his supporters for having created a “movement.” But he warned it would all slip away if he loses Tuesday.

“Go vote,” he urged. “Or honestly, we’ve all wasted our time.”


Associated Press writers Kathleen Hennessey, Hope Yen, Jonathan Lemire and Steve Peoples in Washington and Josh Lederman in Ann Arbor, Michigan, contributed to this report.

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  • Thankfully for the United States, Mr. Trump has reached the ceiling of his support and is heading for a loss tomorrow. Hopefully, it will be a humiliating loss for him, that silences him forever. It turns out that there aren’t enough failed white men, white supremacists and racists to elect Mr. Trump. Whew!

    The Senate will likely move to Democratic control as well, so thanks again for all Trump supporters who helped to nominate a loser.

  • Crooked Hillary and the Dems need to be put on notice, along with the extreme left-wing media, that Americans are sick of their bs. Don’t fall for the propaganda. Vote Trump, and help start draining the swamp.

  • If you dont vote TRUMP. This is what you end up with.

    The Clintons:
    12 Rapes
    121 Mysterious Deaths
    1 Dead Ambassador
    3 Dead Navy Seals
    10 Investigations
    1 Impeachment
    2 Disbarment
    30,000 Deleted Emails.
    And a corrupt Government that you will never be able to trust again. Do the right thing and help drain the swamp. VOTE TRUMP.

      • I quite agree, @Ike. Oh for the days when people criticized a political opponent because you didn’t like their policies, instead up dreaming up conspiracy nonsense.

      • So, Ike, grandee of the poison ivy league, one notes you have carefully avoided any mention of facts in your “response”.

        And no wonder.

        Anyone attempting to push so weak position as yours can understand your need to change the subject with cheap shot ad hominem remarks.

  • What is are witnessing in real time is the fissure of power of the previous two hundred years–and it ain’t pretty.

    In short, the United States is no longer a majority white, Christian country, and that is already beginning to have profound social and political implications. At 45 percent of the population, white Christians are a shrinking demographic—and the backlash from many members of the group against the increasing diversification of America has been swift and bitter. “People fight like that when they are losing a sense of place, a sense of belonging, and a sense of the country that they understand and love,” says Robert P. Jones, the author of The End of White Christian America, Atlantic Magazine.

    • Yes, the impact of open borders has been profound. Generations of illegals having babies has produced a vast majority of Democrats in CA and other States. The change in Demographics, increase in crime, the impact on wages, under performing schools, on and on.

        • You have no clue what you’re talking about. You really need to lighten up. Really angry person.

      • Or to be placed another way, generational whites, primarly from the south and rust belt, mostly undereducated, many underemployed, who only witness the progress and innovation which is concentrated on either coast, and somehow feel they are the victims of the technology age. To wit, I say please……

        • Can’t argue with –“Yes, the impact of open borders has been profound. Generations of illegals having babies has produced a vast majority of Democrats in CA and other States. The change in Demographics, increase in crime, the impact on wages, under performing schools, on and on.”

  • So here’s the REAL story:

    Ambassador Stevens was sent to Benghazi post haste in order to retrieve US made Stinger missiles supplied to Ansar al Sharia. Without Congressional oversight or permission. Hillary brokered the deal through Stevens and a private arms dealer named Marc Turi. Then some of the shoulder fired missiles ended up in Afghanistan and used against our own military. It was July 25th, 2012 when a Chinook helicopter was taken down by one of our own Stingers, but the idiot Taliban didn’t arm the missile and the Chinook didn’t explode, but had to land anyway. An ordnance team recovered the serial number off the missile which led back to a cache of Stingers being kept in Qatar by the CIA. Obama and Hillary were now in full panic mode and Stevens was sent in to retrieve the rest of the Stingers. This was a “do-or-die” mission, which explains the stand down orders given to multiple commando teams. It was the State Dept, not the CIA that supplied them to our sworn enemies, because General Petraeus wouldn’t supply these deadly weapons due to their potential use on commercial aircraft. Then, Obama threw Gen. Petraeus under the bus after he refused to testify that he OK’d the BS talking points about a spontaneous uprising due to a YouTube video. Obama and Hillary committed treason and THIS is what the investigation is all about, why she had a private server, (in order to delete the digital evidence), and why Obama, two weeks after the attack, told the UN that the attack was because of a Youtube video, even though everyone knew it was not. Further, the Taliban knew that this administration aided and abetted the enemy. Without Congressional approval. When Boehner created the Select Cmte, and the Taliban began pushing the Obama Administration for the release of 5 Taliban Generals. Bowe Bergdahl was just a pawn, everyone KNEW he was a traitor. So we have a traitor as POTUS that is not only corrupt, but compromised and a woman that is a serial liar, perjured herself multiple times at the Hearing. Who is now running for POTUS. Only the Dems, with their hands out, palms up, will support her. Perhaps this is why no military aircraft was called in, because the administration knew our enemies had Stingers.


    Just Google Marc Turi

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