Countdown to Election Day 2016: What you need to know today


Tracking the campaigns of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton



Clinton returns to Florida. She will stump for votes in Broward, Polk and Seminole counties.

Trump will be in Valley Forge, Pa., and Eau Claire, Wisc.


With 8 days to go …

Hillary Clinton forcefully challenged the FBI’s new email inquiry Monday, declaring during a campaign rally in battleground Ohio, “There’s no case here.”

Clinton’s comments were her most pointed yet on the subject, and they underscored her campaign’s decision to fight back aggressively against FBI Director James Comey.

Earlier Monday in Grand Rapids, Mich., Trump praised FBI Director James Comey for revealing the presence of an investigation last Friday.

“It took guts for him to do what he,” said Trump, adding that it was especially so because Obama administration officials had sought “to protect” Clinton.

Trump noted that he disagreed with Comey’s decision to not press charges earlier this summer but, on Friday, “what he did, he brought back his reputation.”

But in Ohio, Clinton said voters should only be focused “on choosing the next commander in chief of the United States of America.”

Clinton said voters are right to ask why the FBI would interject itself into the middle of an election, but said the result of the current probe would be the same as the one concluded in the summer.

“I am sure it will result in the same conclusion – there is no case here,” she said.

CNN reported that Huma Abedin, Clinton’s close aide and confidant, was not on the campaign trail with Clinton for the third straight day.

The two early afternoon events were simply the kick-off to a full slate of campaigning on Monday.

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence returns to the Sunshine State as the campaigns make the final week of pitches to voters. His rival, Tim Kaine, is in North Carolina.

Before either presidential candidate stepped to a microphone Monday, though, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest spoke to reporters. Earnest said President Obama would not “defend or criticize” FBI Director James Comey’s decision to reveal the presence of the investigation.

Earnest said President Obama does believe the Department of Justice does have leeway to conduct investigations, and as such needs to be very careful in how much it talks publicly about any given case.

On Sunday, the 2016 presidential campaign wrapped up the next to last weekend of campaigning just as it started Friday, with the FBI’s renewed email investigation  on center stage.

In Wilton Manors, Clinton insisted she would not be “knocked off course” by the email resumption of the controversy. “I’m not stopping now, we’re just getting warmed up,” she said.

Concluding his western swing, GOP nominee Donald Trump again raised the specter of vulnerable and flawed elections system. This time, in Greeley, Colo., he zeroed in on Colorado’s vote-by-mail system. He warned Colorado voters to go to the polls in person rather than relying on mailed ballots he said could be miscounted.

Trump also sought to cash in Clinton controversy, noting the role played by Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Clinton confidant Huma Abedin, in sparking the new email investigation.

“We never thought we were going to say ‘thank you’ to Anthony Weiner,” he said at a rally in Las Vegas.


Clinton returns to Florida on Tuesday. She will stump for votes in Broward, Polk and Seminole counties.

Trump will be in Valley Forge, Pa., and Eau Claire, Wisc.

Also stumping …

Mike Pence will be cutting through Central Florida on Monday with campaign stops in Cocoa, Maitland and Clearwater.

Tim Kaine in North Carolina and his wife, Anne Holton, in Nebraska.


As of Sunday, more than 3.56 million Floridians had cast early voting ballots. That figure is more than the number of total votes cast in 40 states and the District of Columbia in the 2012 election. Republicans still outnumber Democrats by a narrow margin, 23,446 votes. Early voting ends Nov. 6.


A poll by two Florida Fox TV stations says Clinton and Trump are in dead heat in the Sunshine State. The Right Side Broadcasting Network poll put Clinton at 46.6 percent and trump 46.3 percent of likely voters.

An ABC/Washington Post tracking poll released Sunday suggests as many as 30 percent of likely voters say the revelation of a new FBI probe into Hillary Clinton emails will make them less likely to vote for the Democratic nominee. The poll also found that Clinton leads Trump by just a single percentage point, 46-to-45 percent, in a four-way White House race with Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein.


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