As campaign closes, the Obamas pass the torch to Clinton

Had Election Day 2016 been one month earlier, it was almost assured that Clinton would win in a landslide.

Clinton, Obama, Bill Clinton and first lady Michelle were at an election eve rally on Monday night at Independence Mall in Philadelphia in battleground Pennsylvania, putting an enormous amount of political muscle in one place.

A polarized America went to the polls Tuesday to pick its 45th president, choosing to elect either Hillary Clinton as the nation's first female commander in chief or billionaire businessman Donald Trump after a long and rancorous campaign that upended USA politics.

With voting completed in more than two-thirds of the 50 US states, the race was too close to call in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Virginia, states that could be vital to deciding which contender wins the presidency.

While Collin Kelly was as excited as any University of MI student to see President Barack Obama speak on campus for the fourth time during his presidency Monday, Nov. 7, the fact that the commander in chief was visiting MI the day before the election was "very alarming". "The faith of our democracy depends on what you do when you step into that voting booth (on Tuesday), how many people you bring to make sure they vote", Mr. Obama said.

Hillary Clinton aimed to hit high notes Sunday in the final moments of her campaign, hoping an uplifting message would wash away voters' disgust with the grueling presidential contest. Obama said as he took the stage.

The concluding push for Pennsylvania began on Thursday as Melania Trump gave a speech in the Philadelphia suburbs, and spilled into Friday as Clinton and Trump held competing rallies in Pittsburgh and Harrisburg.

As I was thinking about Donald Trump recently, the line just popped into my head, "Not a noble bone in his body". "What will we decide is on the ballot?"

Claiming victory early Wednesday in New York, Trump urged Americans to "come together as one united people".

The Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project gave Clinton a 90 percent chance of defeating Trump, seeing her on track to win 303 Electoral College votes out of the 270 needed, to Trump's 235.

"I know how much responsibility goes with this", Clinton said. "Barack Obama was a disaster for Israel". "Florida, you've just got to vote", he said.

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Speaking to a crowd at UMich, Obama made the case for choosing Hillary in front of a packed stadium.

Trump will take office with Congress fully under Republican control.

The former US secretary of state also said she was proud that she and Sanders ran a campaign based on "issues and ideas, not insults". Probably the most qualified person ever to run for this office. And I said to everybody, 'You know what?

Hillary Clinton said it was "the most humbling feeling" to vote "because so many people are counting on the outcome of this election". But Republicans Rob Portman in OH and Marco Rubio in Florida won high-profile Senate re-election fights.

"Ultimately, Hillary Clinton's problem isn't her personal issues, or he "America has elected deeply flawed candidates before".

The two most significant statewide races were for spots on the Michigan Supreme Court, where Republicans have a 5-2 majority.

So in a parting gift to Clinton, Obama offered her his campaign mantra - "Fired up, ready to go" - and told rally-goers in New Hampshire how it had been coined by a supporter he'd never met who showed up at an obscure event eight years ago in SC.

Hfirst., Clinton detractors called her a carpetbagger who overpromised and underdelivered.

"When we vote, we win", the crowd chanted back.

The Democratic nominee must hang onto traditionally Democratic states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, exploit her advantage among minorities and highly educated voters to win states like Virginia, Colorado and Nevada, and pick off several swing states where she is locked in a tough race with Trump.



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