Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are making a frantic, last-ditch bid for votes as the US election campaign enters its final hours, Sky News reports.The race remains very close, but Mrs Clinton is still slightly ahead in most polls.
The presidential candidates are due to attend rallies in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Philadelphia, North Carolina, Florida and New Hampshire to try and win over the electorate in their bid to become America’s next president.
Mr Trump has once again attacked Mrs Clinton over her decision to use a private email server for official business during her tenure as US Secretary of State. Criticising the FBI’s decision not to charge his opponent, he said: “Now it’s up to the American people to deliver justice at the ballot box.”
Kicking off with a rally in the swing state of Florida, he told the Sarasota crowd: “The system is rigged, but at least we know it.” Before embarking on a multistop tour of key battleground states, Mrs Clinton indicated she would end on a positive note, declaring she wanted to be president for those that vote for her and those that don’t.
Speaking to reporters at an airport outside New York City, the Democratic candidate said she had “some work to do to bring the country together”, adding her party had a “big agenda” to deliver.
In other developments:
:: The White House said it would “neither defend nor criticise” FBI Director James Comey’s decision to send a new letter to Congress about Mrs Clinton’s emails.
:: During her first rally of the day in Pennsylvania, Mrs Clinton told supporters the choice they would make was “between division or unity, between strong, steady leadership” and “loose cannon”, adding that America’s best days lay ahead.
:: Referring to America’s previous leaders, Mr Trump told supporters at a rally in Florida: “We’re tired of being led by stupid people. They’re stupid. They’re stupid people.”
:: Criticising Mrs Clinton gathering support from celebrities, Mr Trump said: “Isn’t it amazing, when Jay Z and Beyonce used the filthy language that they used in the song, using words that if I ever said those words it would be the reinstitution of the electric chair. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.”
Meanwhile, police in New York have revealed they will deploy more than 5,000 officers to secure midtown Manhattan where both candidates will spend election night. Officers will also be posted to polling stations across the city.
The contingent includes fast-reaction heavy-weapon units who can respond to terror threats, and plain-clothed officers will be on duty in the subways and crowded areas such as Times Square.