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

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It’s Election Day. Who will win? It’s all about the map.

Right now, 12 states are battlegrounds, meaning they are either toss-ups or one candidate leads by a vulnerable margin. How these 12 states vote will help decides the winner tonight. Below are the last polls revealed in 10 of those states. Notice that Clinton is leading in almost all the surveys, but that lead has shrunk in the past week. The reason for the suspense, then, is whether Trump will carry enough momentum into today’s voting to overtake Clinton in those states.

Florida

  • Quinnipiac: Clinton +1
  • Gravis: Clinton +1
  • Trafalgar Group: Trump +4
  • Opinion Savvy: Clinton +2

Ohio

  • Emerson: Trump +7

North Carolina

  • NY Times/Siena: Tie
  • Quinnipiac: Clinton +2
  • Gravis: Clinton +1

Virginia

  • Christopher Newport Univ.: Clinton +6
  • Hampton University: Clinton +4
  • Gravis: Clinton +5

Nevada 

  • Emerson: Clinton +1Remington Research:  Trump +1

New Mexico

  • Zia Poll: Clinton +2
  • Gravis: Clinton +8

New Hampshire

  • Emerson: Clinton +1

Michigan

  • Gravis: Clinton +5
  • Trafalgar Group (R): Trump +2

Missouri

  • Emerson: Trump +6

Georgia

  • Landmark/Rosetta Stone: Trump +3

Which brings us to …

THE MAP: The red, the purple and the blue

The map below offers a visual breakdown of states that are pretty much in the blue camp and the red camp. The purple states are the ones that are either toss-ups or those that one candidate is hoping to steal from the other.

Real Clear Politics  last poll puts the electoral count at:

  • Clinton: 203 electoral votes
  • Trump: 164 electoral votes
  • Toss-ups or still within reach of a candidate: 171

A candidate must have 270 electoral votes to win.

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LAST NATIONAL POLL RESULTS

  • Clinton leads Trump by 2.5 points, according to the Real Clear Politics average of most state and national polls. Clinton has 46.8 percent of voter support compared to Trump’s 44.3 percent.
  • Forecasts still show Clinton winning the election. FiveThirtyEight shows Clinton with a 65.5 percent chance of winning the election, while Trump has a 34.5 percent chance of victory.

Just remember: The national vote total does not determine the winner. It all comes down to the state-by-state results.

WHO’S VOTED?

More than 6.4 million Florida voters have cast ballots for Tuesday’s election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, with Democrats so far casting 87,249 more ballots than Republicans, according to the state Division of Elections.

Through Sunday — the final day of in-person early voting — 2,558,072 Democrats had voted in person or through the mail in Florida, which was 39.85 percent of all ballots cast.

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

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COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION DAY (Nov. 8): 2 days

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With 2 days to go … a November surprise.

  • With just over 48 hours before polls start closing, the FBI has cleared Hillary Clinton in the latest email probe, saying the trove of emails that dominated the last week of the campaign amount to much ado about nothing. Clinton is slated to speak in Cleveland this afternoon and then head for Manchester, New Hampshire. In Kissimmee, Barack Obama campaigned for Clinton following a performance by singer Stevie Wonder. Her campaign has announced Clinton will be back in Michigan on Monday for the second time in four days. Why? Polls show the gap is narrowing, despite Michigan being a state that has been reliably Democrat for decades.
  • Donald Trump kept an aggressive schedule Sunday, campaigning in five states. In Minnesota, he told the country he decided to jump in the race because “our country was going to hell.” He added Tuesday’s election is “our last chance.” Before Minnesota, Trump was in Iowa. He will travel to Michigan, Pennsylvania and Virginia as well today. The stop in Michigan has particularly caught the attention of the Democrats, see below.
  • It took more than a week, but the number of votes cast by Democrats in Florida has surpassed the number of votes cast by Republicans for the first time since early voting polls opened. The number of votes cast by Hispanics in Florida so far is more than double the number cast in early voting in 2012.
  • Who’s winning? Polls are more conflicted than hurricane tracking projections with two days to go.

WHERE TO NEXT?

THE MAP: The red, the purple and the blue

State polls have been tightening all week, and depending on which survey you are looking at, as many as 11 battleground states remain in play. They include Florida, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, and Ohio. Maybe even Michigan, Georgia, Arizona, New Mexico, Iowa and Utah.  That’s a lot of states, and a lot of electoral votes.

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LATEST POLL RESULTS

A Fox News poll puts Clinton ahead of Trump by two points, 45 percent to 43 percent.

The Los Angeles Times/USC tracking poll has Trump up by 5 points, 48 percent to 43 percent.

WHO’S VOTED?

  • More than 6.1 million Floridians have already voted in the 2016 early voting.
  • Democrats (39.59 percent) are narrowly edging Republicans (39.06 percent) in turnout, according to the latest Division of Elections statistics.
  • Palm Tran, Palm Beach County’s public transportation system, says it will offer free rides to customers with a valid voter information card on Tuesday, Nov. 8, Election Day.  The card must be presented to the bus operator when boarding to receive the free ride.  The offer is valid for all 35 routes system-wide throughout Palm Beach County for the entire day, but isn’t valid for use on Palm Tran Connection.

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

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  • Hillary Clinton on Saturday made one last bid to clinch a win in Florida. In a rain-shortened rally at C.B. Smith Park in Broward County, Clinton mocked Trump. “He kept saying things (during the three presidential debates) like ‘Well, what have you done for 30 years?’ and I’m thinking to myself, Donald, you don’t want to go there,” Clinton said. “I would have been happy to spend all four and a half hours talking about what I did compared to what he’s done.” But her remarks lasted just about seven minutes before a downpour ended the event.
  • Donald Trump also started the day in Florida. He spoke in Tampa at the Florida State Fairgrounds, watch a replay here. There, Trump blasted Clinton’s support for Obamacare and called for restoring “honesty to our government.” And he took a shot at Clinton for “low energy.” He said: “You need a lot of energy to protect America. We do five events a day, and she goes home to sleep.” In fact, Trump is on another one-day cross country stump-a-thon on Saturday that includes stops in North Carolina, Colorado and Nevada, where he was rushed off stage by Secret Service briefly before returning to finish his speech.
  • Clinton’s running, Tim Kaine, will resemble a snowbird making Florida a virtual second home this weekend. Between today and Sunday, Kaine has four events scheduled, one each in Melbourne, Ft. Myers, and Sarasota and St. Petersburg. The latter will be Get Out The Vote event featuring a performance by Jon Bon Jovi.
  • GOP running mate Mike Pence also has a Florida weekend trip planned. He will be in Panama City on Sunday.
  • Former President Bill Clinton will be northeast Florida. His bus tour will make stops in Jacksonville and Gainesville.

What’s with the travel schedules? It’s a high stakes game of chess focused on about 11 battleground states that are either toss-ups or in which the trailing candidate could be closing the gap.

But just about all the victory combinations include Florida, hence the extreme interest in the Sunshine State from Clinton and Trump.

WHERE TO NEXT?

Looking ahead:

  • Trump comes back to Florida, no surprise, on Monday, for an event in Sarasota.
  • On Sunday, Clinton heads back to Cleveland, Ohio, and New Hampshire.
  • Also on Sunday, President Obama campaigns for Clinton in Kissimmee.
  • Is Clinton done with Florida events? The campaign’s schedule has a Miami event planned for Sunday with singer Cher. But no word on whether the candidate, or which surrogates, will attend.

 

THE MAP: The red, the purple and the blue

The field of key battleground states – including Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Ohio – is narrowing as we get closer to Nov. 8. Candidates don’t have any plans to travel to New Mexico or Arizona, for example, which got campaign attention this past week. As we get closer to Election Day, the paths to victory shrink, and the focus is on a handful or so of states.

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LATEST POLL RESULTS

The most resounding poll on Friday is one neither candidate should want to be leading, a New York Times/CBS poll showing the widespread disgust among voters with both presidential candidates. The unprecedented unfavorable ratings in the survey: More than eight in 10 voters surveyed say the toxic campaign has left them “repulsed rather than excited.”

A Rasmussen Results White House Watch poll put Trump and Clinton in a tie, at 44 percent.

A CNN poll also tiled four states, including all-important Ohio and New Hampshire as well as Maine and Utah, toward Trump.

But a Fox News poll puts Clinton up by two points, 45 percent to Trump’s 43 percent.

WHO’S VOTED?

More than 5 million Floridians have cast their votes already. Republican voters (39.74 percent) have a slight edge over Democrats (39.71 percent).

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

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COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION DAY (Nov. 8): 4 days

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A CNN poll is the latest election twist: It changes the status of four states and gives Donald Trump a path to 270. The map still favors Hillary Clinton but CNN’s “Road to 270” map now places New Hampshire as a battleground state, rather than in the Clinton column, and Utah more firmly in Trump’s camp.

The poll, along with others pointing to a tightened race, will up the ante on today’s candidate appearances, including:

  • The Veep candidates Florida visits. Republican running mate Mike Pence will be in Miami. And Democrat Tim Kaine will campaign in Melbourne.
  • Speaking in New Hampshire, Trump sounded key themes: hammering away at the FBI investigation of Clinton, her diplomatic failures and Obamacare “double-digit” rate increases. States in his sights: On Friday, after New Hampshire, Trump will be in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
  • Speaking in Pennsylvania, Clinton continued insisting Trump is unfit for the presidency because he lacks the right temperament. She also accused Trump of discriminating against African-Americans and Latinos in his real estate business. After Pennsylvania, she travels to Michigan.

Friday follows a momentous day for both campaigns.

WHERE TO NEXT?

  • Clinton will pay one more visit to Florida on Saturday. No word yet on details about that appearance.
  • On Saturday, Trump will barnstorm through North Carolina, Nevada and Iowa, maintaining a campaign pace and schedule that is significantly more aggressive.
  • President Obama will return to Florida on Sunday. He will speak in Kissimmee. Singer Stevie Wonder will perform at that event.

THE MAP: The red, the purple and the blue

Key battleground states – Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Wisconsin, Arizona, Ohio – are slated to get lots of campaign attention through today. However, Trump and Clinton hope to win states that have been reliably blue or red, respectively. That’s why Clinton is in Michigan today, hoping to keep that state blue, and Trump is back in Pennsylvania, a state he would love to see go red.

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LATEST POLL RESULTS

  • Speaking of purple states, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist poll on Thursday found a dead heat between Trump and Clinton in Georgia, a state that has been red pretty much ever since Ronald Reagan beat Jimmy Carter. The poll puts Trump up on Clinton by a single point, 45 percent to 44 percent.
  • The same poll gives Trump a 5-point lead in Arizona, 45 percent to 40 percent, and in Texas by 9 percent, 49 percent to 40 percent. But losing Georgia would make Trump’s path to 270 that much harder.
  • CNN’s Poll of Polls has Clinton with a 4-point edge, 46 percent to 42 percent.

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Trump, Clinton feature prominently in Perkins-Mast race

Your party’s presidential nominee is worse than mine. So there!

In the final days of the closely watched District 18 congressional race, Republican Brian Mast and Democrat Randy Perkins are using their opponents’ presidential nominee as a cudgel.

Mast has called on Perkins to repudiate Hillary Clinton, whose campaign was rocked by news that the FBI has re-opened its investigation into how she handled emails that passed through the personal server she had set up when she was U.S. secretary of state.

“Randy Perkins has no qualms about making his race about the presidential candidates, so it’s time for him to answer for the fact that Hillary Clinton, who he endorsed, is under investigation by the FBI,” Mast spokeswoman Madison Anderson said. “His silence on the dishonesty and scandal-ridden career of his pick for president speaks volumes of how he would serve in Congress. After all, his entire career has been about him garnering millions in no-bid government contracts by gaming the political system. His latest endeavor, Congress, will be no different. We call on Randy Perkins to break his silence and denounce Hillary Clinton’s scandal-ridden career and presidential campaign.”

Perkins wasted little time firing back, tossing the widespread condemnation of Trump’s comments about women back at Mast.

“Brian is trying to hide the fact that he’s anti-women’s choice, he does not support equal pay for equal work and is committed to ‘100% de-funding’ services like breast cancer testing, Zika screenings, and prenatal care for women in need,” Perkins said. “He and Donald Trump are both anti women.”

Republican Brian Mast (left) and Democrat Randy Perkins.
Republican Brian Mast (left) and Democrat Randy Perkins, candidates for the congressional District 18 seat.

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The big news Thursday afternoon was Melania Trump’s speech in Pennsylvania. The appearance was her first public speech since the Republican National Convention. “It will be my honor and privilege to serve this country,” Melania Trump said of her accepting the First lady’s role if her husband is elected. “I will be an advocate for women and children.”

She spoke about her interest in addressing bullying, especially via social media. “Our culture has become too mean and too rough, especially to children and teenagers,” she said, specifically noting anonymous postings on the Internet.

“It will be one of the main focuses of my work if I am privileged enough to be your First lady,” she said.

Melania Trump’s speech overshadowed the Donald Trump-President Obama jousting in Florida.

Trump was at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center, where he again  hammered Clinton on the FBI probe. “But, remember, the system is rigged,” said Trump. “The political leadership at the Department of Justice is trying to protect Hillary Clinton.”

Also in Jacksonville, Obama spoke at the University of North Florida this afternoon.

Trump said the two passed by each other in Miami as Trump was leaving for Jacksonville and Obama was arriving for a speech at Florida International University on Thursday morning. “I see Air Force One and I say to myself, ‘I wonder who that could be?'” Trump said. “He is campaigning for ‘Crooked Hillary Clinton’ … He should be back in the office working.”

Obama started his morning campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Miami. In the speech at FIU, Obama ripped Trump for “hanging out with celebrities” while “stiffing small businesses and working people.” He also reiterated Clinton campaign attacks on Trump saying is “uniquely unqualified to be commander in chief.”

Hillary Clinton was in North Carolina this evening.

After visits from Clinton, Trump, Obama and Biden on back-to-back-to-back days, South Florida gets a respite from the presidential election heat lamp for the rest of Thursday.

WHERE TO NEXT?

Many of the battleground states in the electoral map below from 2012 are in play again this year. But there’s a twist. Some states that have been reliably red or blue could end up in play in the final days of the campaign.

So, on Friday, Clinton heads for Michigan — which has been reliable for Democrats in 1988. But Trump has upped the pressure in this core blue state, including visits by surrogates and a big TV ad buy. So Clinton is heading for Detroit. Likewise, Clinton was campaigning Wednesday in Arizona, a state that has long been a lock for Republicans.

Trump will also be in New Hampshire, another blue state he hopes to turn red, as well as in Pennsylvania for the second time this week, in Hershey on Friday.

On Saturday, Clinton returns to Florida for a public event in South Florida, according to her campaign, though the time and location have not been released yet.

Key battleground states – Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Wisconsin, Arizona, Ohio – are slated to get lots of campaign attention through the end of work week.

This map is from 2012, but the battleground states the (in yellow) are the ones being fought over again in 2016.

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LATEST POLL RESULTS

Four polls to keep an eye on:

A CBS/New York Times poll also shows the gap between Clinton and trump narrowing, though Clinton still leads, 45 percent to 42 percent.

The Electoral College map produced by FiveThirtyEight gives Clinton a 64.7 percent chance of surpassing the 270 vote requirement; Trump just 35.3 percent.

USA Today’s poll tracker puts Clinton ahead of Trump, 45.3 percent to 43.6 percent.

270towin.com tally of state-by-state polls has Clinton ahead today in two key battleground states: Florida and New Hampshire.

 

WHO’S VOTED?

As of Thursday morning, some 4.9 million Floridians have cast their vote. Republicans have cast 40.02 percent of those ballots. Democrats account for 39.78 percent of the votes.

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Donald Trump at the top of the Palm Beach County ballot? Is this rigged?

presrace-postDonald Trump has suggested the Nov. 8 election is rigged, but here in Florida, his critics might say the same thing.

After all, on ballots statewide and in Palm Beach County, the part-time Palm Beacher and Republican presidential nominee is at the top of the ballot. It’s not alphabetical. It’s not even alphabetical by party.

The answer: President’s not the only race. All down the ballot, each race has something in common: Republicans are listed first.

So what gives?

It’s all legit, according to the Florida Division of Elections. The answer lies in Section 101.151(2) of Florida Statutes.

It calls for the ballot to list picks in this order: “nominated by the political party that received the highest vote for Governor in the last general election of the Governor in this state, followed by the names of other candidates for President and Vice President of the United States who have been properly nominated.”

The most recent gubernatorial vote was of course, in 2014, when Republican Rick Scott was reelected. That puts the GOP ticket of Trump and Mike Pence first, followed by Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, and then candidates from smaller parties.

Election 2016: Patrick Murphy uses Early Voting at elections HQ in suburban West Palm Beach, gets heckled

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Murphy campaign staffers and supporters use a large campaign sign to block signs displayed by anti-Murphy people (Eliot Kleinberg/The Palm Beach Post)

Ignoring chants of “Privileged Patrick,” “No way CPA” and “You’re a bum,” U.S. Senate candidate and current U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, came Monday morning to the offices of the Palm Beach County supervisor of elections to do early voting.

Murphy, who’s fighting to unseat GOP incumbent U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, told reporters he’s not concerned about reports that the FBI is looking into more Hillary Clinton emails.

“More and more information is continuing to come out about that,” Murphy said. “But at the end of the day, I trust Secretary Clinton with our nuclear codes. That’s more than Marco Rubio can say about Donald Trump.”

Asked about putting a big chunk of his own money into his campaign, Murphy said, “We’re feeling really good about the next couple of weeks and making sure our message gets out there.”

Three protesters stayed close and kept up loud chants as Murphy talked to reporters and stood in line to vote. At one point, Murphy staffers and supporters tried to block the protesters hand-drawn signs with large Murphy signs.

 In August, as Murphy talked to reporters in a study room at the Palm Beach County Library Palm Beach Gardens branch, Murphy staffers kept out a “tracker” for the conservative political action committee “America Rising” and even held a sign in front of his video camera to block him from shooting through the glass into the Murphy news conference.

“Patrick Murphy’s ‘stock sale’ and subsequent $1 million loan to his campaign raises serious questions about whether he’s purposely skirting FEC donation limits,” AMerica Rising spokesman Jeff Bechdel said later in an email. “The most likely buyer of Murphy’s stock is his father, Thomas, who has already plunged nearly $3 million into super PACs for his son’s campaign. This ‘stock sale’ appears to be another avenue for father to donate, this time directly, to his son’s foundering effort.”

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TUESDAY’S SCHEDULE

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.

MONDAY’S NEWS

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.

WHERE ARE TRUMP, CLINTON GOING NEXT?

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.

WHO’S VOTED?

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.

LATEST POLL RESULTS

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

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COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION DAY (Nov. 8): 9 days

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With 9 days to go …

No chance the 2016 presidential election will fade quietly in the final 9 days.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton returned to Florida on Saturday with guns blazing and aimed at … FBI Director James Comey.

Speaking in Daytona Beach, Clinton again challenged Comey to release “full and complete facts” about the investigation revealed on Friday. She said the announcement of the renewed probe into her emails and dealings this close to the election was “not just strange , it’s unprecedented and deeply troubling.”

In Miami, where Clinton attended a concert by Jennifer Lopez, the Democratic nominee, who only a week ago seemed to ride a crest of confidence, spoke for only a few minutes and called on attendees to vote.

“You can vote early,” she said. “Don’t wait another day to vote.”

Republican Donald Trump, on a swing of western states Colorado and Arizona, was no more charitable to the U.S. judicial system, which he called “third world country.”  He called the moment “the lowest point in the history of our country.”

Trump also seized on news that Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other DOJ officials objected to Comey’s decision to let Congress know of the probe.

“The Department of Justice is trying so hard to protect Hillary,” he said.

WHERE ARE CLINTON, TRUMP TODAY?

Trump stays out west. He has rallies scheduled in Las Vegas, Greeley, Colo., and Albuquerque, New Mexico. He heads to the Midwest on Monday.

Clinton will stay in South Florida. She has an event scheduled in Wilton Manors in Broward County.

Also stumping …

For Clinton: Singer Cher is holding an event in Chicago. Tim Kaine is in Taylor, Mich. Bill Clinton is campaigning in Greensboro and Charlotte, N.C.

WHO’S VOTED?

As of Saturday, more than 177,787 people have voted in Palm Beach County, and more than 3.258 million people have voted in Florida. Republicans have outnumbered Democrats by 24,000. Early voting ends Nov. 6.

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Sen. Al Franken, one-time Saturday Night Live writer and cast member, made his way to Lantana and Lake Worth to meet voters and stump for fellow Democrats.

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In Daytona Beach, Hillary Clinton calls FBI letter’s timing ‘strange…deeply troubling’

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Clinton campaign chair John Podesta slams FBI

Poll suggests new email probe eroding support for Clinton

Trump tears into U.S. judicial system

Passions strong in PBC early voting

POLL RESULTS: WHERE THEY STAND

Poll results as of Sat., Oct. 30

LA Times/USC: Trump 46, Clinton 44

ABC News: Clinton 47, Trump 45

IBD/TIPP: Clinton 44, Trump 42

Poll results as of Friday, Oct. 29

Rasmussen said Friday Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are dead even — tied at 45 each

 

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