Still too close to call

> Clin­ton re­mains favourite but Trump re­tains real hope of vic­tory

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

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.

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