What to Watch: Trump Needs 2 of These 3 States

Both candidates will spend election night in NYC
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2016 5:47 AM CST
Updated Nov 8, 2016 5:58 AM CST
Clinton, Trump Wrap It Up With Late-Night Rallies
Hillary Clinton greets supporters as she arrives at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – That's all, folks: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump finally wrapped up their long and bruising campaigns with rallies after midnight, the Washington Post reports. "Today is our independence day. Today the American working class is going to strike back," Trump told an audience in Grand Rapids, Mich., which was his fifth state of the day. Clinton, speaking in Raleigh, NC, at around 1am, promised the crowd that "our work together will be just beginning" after the election ends. She was joined by Bill and Chelsea Clinton as well as Lady Gaga at the rally, which marked her fourth state of the day. A round-up of coverage:

  • The New York Times reports that an earlier Clinton rally in Philadelphia, where she was joined by President Obama, Michelle Obama, and Bruce Springsteen, was her biggest event of the whole campaign, with a crowd estimated at 33,000.

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  • The AP reports that Clinton and Trump are not among the 50 million Americans who have already voted. Clinton will vote in Chappaqua, NY, while Trump will vote in New York City. Running mates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence have returned to their home states to vote.
  • Politico reports that at his Grand Rapids rally, which finished around 1am, Trump spoke of the "new adventure of making America great again" but admitted defeat was a possibility. "If we don't win, this will be the single greatest waste of time, energy, and money in my life," he said. "We have to win."
  • In its final pre-election analysis, Reuters gives Clinton a 90% chance of winning, predicting that it will all be over for Trump if he fails to win at least two of these three states: Florida, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
  • The Hill takes a look at the situation in several battleground states, including Michigan, which has "become the center of the political universe" in the final days of campaigning.
  • The Los Angeles Times reports that both candidates will be spending election night in New York City, which police describe as a huge security challenge. The rival election night parties will be 15 blocks away from each other in Manhattan.
  • In interviews with voters, the Times found that Clinton and Trump supporters have at least one thing in common: They say they're "totally ready for this election to be over."
(Read more Election 2016 stories.)

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