'This Is Not a Normal Election'

The number of early voters was super high
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2018 6:33 AM CST
Television personality Sean Hannity speaks to members of the audience while signing autographs before the start of a campaign rally Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Cape Girardeau, Mo.   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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(Newser) – In a message that was heard loud and clear by opponents as well as supporters, President Trump urged voters Monday to act as if he was on the ballot for the midterm elections. "It’s all fragile. We have to go out and we have to vote," the president said on a conference call, per Politico. "Even though I’m not on a ballot, in a certain way I'm on the ballot." He was speaking before a frantic final day of campaigning that included rallies in Ohio, Indiana, and Missouri, where he was introduced by radio personality Rush Limbaugh. More:

  • Hannity controversy. Media watchdog groups were not happy when Fox News personality Sean Hannity spoke from the stage at Trump's Missouri rally, the AP reports. Hannity—who earlier said he was covering the rally for his show would "not be on stage campaigning with the president"—hugged the president after being invited onstage. "All those people in the back are fake news," Hannity told the crowd. "Either Fox News lied all day about their direct collaboration with the Trump campaign, or the network simply doesn't have any control over Sean Hannity," said Angelo Carusone of Media Matters for America.

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