Trump Targets Florida as Polls Tighten

Obama's new slogan: 'C'mon, man'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2016 10:07 AM CDT
Trump Targets Florida as Polls Tighten
Beyonce performs during a campaign rally for Hillary Clinton in Cleveland, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016.   (Matt Rourke)

With Election Day less than 100 hours away, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both plan to spend part of their Saturdays in Florida, which the BBC describes as the biggest swing state—and, with 29 electoral votes, a must-win for Trump. The Republican, who has edged ahead in recent Florida polls, plans to visit North Carolina and Nevada later in the day, while Clinton plans to appear alongside Katy Perry at a Saturday night rally in Pennsylvania. A round-up of election coverage:

  • Beyonce was joined by backup dancers in blue pantsuits at a get-out-the-vote concert in Cleveland Friday night, the AP reports. Husband Jay-Z also performed at the event, where Clinton told the crowd: "Help us win Ohio." At an event in Hershey, Pa.the same evening, Trump bragged that he had drawn a huge crowd on his own, without having "to bring J-Lo or Jay-Z."

  • According to FiveThirtyEight,nationwide polls show that Clinton's slide has stopped and she may even be regaining ground. But state polls paint a different picture, with the race now a dead heat in New Hampshire and Clinton's lead shrinking in Michigan and Pennsylvania.
  • Politico reports that Clinton made a campaign stop in Detroit Friday night, which hinted at her campaign's worries about winning Michigan in the wake of the FBI's announcements.
  • The AP reports that President Obama, who campaigned for Clinton in North Carolina on Friday, has been using a slogan that appears to be this election's Yes We Can: "C'mon, man."
  • The latest Washington Post poll finds that Clinton has a 4-point lead over Trump, at 47% to 43%, with Gary Johnson at 4% and Jill Stein at 2%. Trump supporters, however, are more likely to say they are following the election "very closely," suggesting they are more likely to turn out to vote.
  • The Hill reports that two factors appear to be working in Trump's favor: Johnson voters are deserting the Libertarian candidate for him, and Republicans previously uncomfortable about voting for Trump are "coming home."
  • BuzzFeed reports on an unlikely source of fake anti-Clinton news: A small town in Macedonia, which is home to more than 100 pro-Trump websites. Residents say the motive is purely financial, with the amount of clicks and Facebook shares of sites like generating steady income from advertising.
(More Election 2016 stories.)

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