Still too close to call
> Clinton remains favourite but Trump retains real hope of victory
WASHINGTON: After US$2.1 billion (RM8.8 billion) spent, 575 days of campaigning and dozens of scandals, finally it comes down to the day when America will decide its destiny – and it is still too close to call.
It feels like a million years since April 12, 2015, when Hillary Clinton let slip the country’s worst kept secret and officially confirmed she was making a second run for the White House.
“Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion,” she said in a video published that Sunday.
In the 18 months since then, she had battled a dogged primary rival, and a rambunctious, aggressive Republican opponent who questioned her stamina, her health and even her legal right to be in the race.
On Monday night, Clinton appeared with President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle, her husband Bill, daughter Chelsea, and some famous celebrities including Bruce Springsteen at Pennsylvania’s Independence Hall, where both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were adopted.
“Thanks for coming out for one last rally before election day. I am personally so happy to be finishing this campaign with my husband and my daughter by my side.
“I believe our best days are ahead of us if we reach for them,” Clinton said.
Obama made one final endorsement for the Democrat, reminding voters that her rival Trump is “uniquely unqualified to be our chief executive”.
“Hillary is respected around the world,” he said as he urged voters to cast their ballot for the former secretary of state.
Trump, who began his journey for the White House in June 2015 when he appeared at his Trump Tower to insult Mexicans, drew his own frantic campaign to a halt as well by channelling Hollywood at the final rally of his campaign.
“Today is our Independence Day,” he declared in Michigan yesterday.
“Today the American working class is going to strike back.”
Clinton had gone into the final day of campaigning with a majority of polls giving her a small but solid lead. A final poll by the Washington Post- ABC News scored it 47% to 43%. – The Independent
Trump and Clinton gesture during their final rallies in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Raleigh, North Carolina respectively.