One day before voters headed to the polls November 8, 2016, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton both spent the final hours of the campaign storming through a barrage of events with very different messages.
Clinton spent her final day with a generally positive message upon the good news that the investigation of her leaked emails would not have any criminal implications, while Trump looked to attack battleground states slowly falling out of his reach, and to stress the result of the Clinton email scandal as evidence that America needs an outsider candidate.
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The Federal Investigation Bureau’s (FBI) investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails has now been totally concluded, with no charges brought against her. While that has helped Trump in the polls (though Clinton is still leading 206 electoral votes to 164, according to Real Clear Politics), the Trump campaign was reportedly hoping something more damaging would come of them.
The Trump campaign tried to spin the outcome as evidence of corruption, as there is no way so many emails could have been counted, and also that the counting of those emails might have been done dishonestly.
Trump said voters should “deliver justice at the ballot box,” while Clinton told a Pittsburgh crowd that they could vote for “hopeful, inclusive, big-hearted America” on Tuesday.
Trump spent the last day on an intense schedule of campaigning in five states, which included an attempt to repair his international image. Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto has openly criticized Trump in the past. Additionally, The BBC reported that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called him an international danger. More recently, French President Francois Hollande said the thought of Trump in the White House made people nauseous.
His campaign claimed that the candidate would do better on the international front than Clinton because she has a spotty record, and has already made lots of enemies abroad while working as Secretary of State under the Obama administration.
According to The BBC, around 45 million people have voted earlier — nearly 40 percent of the total ballots that will be cast — which is a record.