President Obama Makes Closing Argument: 'If We Win Florida, It's a Wrap'

Getty Images Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at Bayfront Park Amphitheater

Trump reveled in the drama of the negative presidential campaign and seized the spotlight time and again with provocative comments about Muslims and women, attacks against the Republican establishment and bellicose promises to build a wall along the USA southern border with Mexico to stem illegal immigration.

Embarking on the final day of a furious campaign, Hillary Clinton tried Monday to at last emerge from the cloud of suspicion that has followed her campaign and close her historic bid with a call for elusive unity and hope.

Mr. Silver pointed to polling that shows "Clinton's a lot weaker in the Midwest" than Obama was in 2012, referencing Trump's 7-point lead in Iowa. During a campaign stop earlier Sunday, Trump warned that Clinton would be under investigation as president, prompting an "unprecedented constitutional crisis". She cast the choice facing voters Tuesday as a "test of our time". And I said to everybody, 'You know what?

In it she said sobbing: "We are black people and we shouldn't have to feel like this".

Obama's address amounted to a valedictory for a president whose popularity has grown in his final year in office.

First, and most importantly, these states are all in the eastern time zone of the U.S. which means their polling places close among the first. As he surveyed the crowd in Scranton, Pennsylvania, he declared, "It's been a long journey". Without a Republican like Trump as a foil, it could be hard to devise an agenda and a message that would hold Clinton's coalition together. Pundits and voters alike could make it to bed by midnight on the east coast with the knowledge that their country's future was certain, even if they disagreed with the results.

Asked about the misinformation, Conway didn't apologize and said Trump's son was acting out of worry.

The comments were a reminder that Comey's news, delivered in a letter to lawmakers on Sunday, was a doubled-edged sword for Clinton.

Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told reporters Sunday Trump planned to keep up the breakneck campaign pace through Election Day.

Millions have already cast ballots, and voting tallies in some states exceed levels at the same point four years ago.

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But Trump held on to Republican territory, including in Georgia and Utah, where Clinton's campaign confidently invested resources. Uncommon vote: With a big win in California, Clinton is poised to win the national popular vote, but lose the electoral vote.

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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. But key states including Ohio, Florida and North Carolina remain neck-and-neck. Clinton planned stopovers in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and MI while Trump planned to travel to Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.

In Florida alone, Hispanic participation is up by more than 453,000 votes, almost doubling the 2012 level.

The last day of early voting in Nevada also led to strong results in solidly blue areas around Las Vegas, as one polling place in a Mexican grocery store had to extend polling hours to accommodate the massive crowds.

Promising to end "years of betrayal", tear up free trade deals, seal the border, halt the drug trade and exclude all Syrian refugees, Trump told his supporters: "I am with you and I will fight for you and we will win".

The dollar also gained, and analyst Patrick O'Hare of briefing.com said: "You can certainly take for granted from today's rally that the market seems to like the idea of Mrs. Clinton being elected president".

Instead, the 50 states vote in an "electoral college" made up of a fixed number of delegates relative to the state's population.

The Tuesday election could hinge on roughly a dozen so-called battleground states where the contest is particularly tight.

Trump has sought to energize the GOP part of the state, which, in past elections, has been outvoted by solidly Democratic Philadelphia in the east and the area around Pittsburgh in the west.

Trump has sought to bolster his support among rural voters and the state's heavy presence of active-duty and military veterans.