Trump, Clinton hopscotch country in Election Eve effort to win voters

    In this Oct. 19

    In this Oct. 19

    With just hours to go before the election, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will spend today ping-ponging around the country – with both making stops in Pennsylvania – in a last-ditch crusade to win voters.

    Clinton will be in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at noon; Allendale, Michigan, at 2 p.m.; Philadelphia at 7:30 p.m.; and Raleigh, North Carolina, at midnight tonight. Trump will be in Sarasota, Florida for an 11 a.m. rally; Raleigh, North Carolina, by 3 p.m.; Scranton, Pennsylvania, by 5:30 p.m. Mike Pence, his running mate, will join Trump at 8 p.m. for a stop in Manchester, New Hampshire, and the pair will then travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan, for an 11 p.m. appearance.

    The vice presidential candidates, meanwhile, are no less busy today. Pence spent the morning in Duluth, Minnesota, with plans to head to Traverse City, Michigan, at 1 p.m. and Erie, Pennsylvania, at 4 p.m. Democrat Tim Kaine planned to hit Charlotte (11 a.m.) and Wilmington, North Carolina (3 p.m.), and Fairfax (6 p.m.) and Richmond, Virginia (7:15 p.m.), today. 

    Clinton also called in some heavy-hitter helpers to rally voters, including President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, their daughter Chelsea, Vice President Joe Biden, and former Vice President Al Gore.

    The Clintons and the Obamas will hold a Get Out the Vote rally tonight at Independence Hall, with rockers Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi also expected to attend.

    “With Independence Hall as the backdrop, Clinton will urge Pennsylvanians to make history on Tuesday by electing her president so she can continue pushing for the American ideals of progress, inclusion, equality and strength that our founders enshrined in our Constitution there in 1787,” a statement on Clinton’s website states. Doors open at 4 p.m., with the entrance at the corner of Fourth and Chestnut streets.

    The latest polls show Clinton just slightly ahead of Trump. An ABC News/Washington Post poll, for example, has 47 percent of likely voters supporting Clinton, 43 percent for Trump, and a combined 6 percent for Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

    Pennsylvania is a battleground state, with political watchers deeming it key to victory for both major-party candidates.

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