Clinton, Trump in nail-biting finish to brutal US prez poll
Washington: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Monday scrambled to make their final pitch to voters in the closely-contested US presidential race dogged by controversies like the Democratic nominee’s email scandal and sexual assault allegations against her Republican rival.
As the countdown began for the most bitter and divisive presidential election in the US history, Clinton, 69, and her running mate Tim Kaine’s campaign received a last-minute boost by news that the FBI had found no new troublesome emails in a review of the former secretary of state’s private server and she will not face criminal charges.
“Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton,” FBI Director James B Comey told Congress leaders in a letter after a renewed probe into her use of private email server as secretary of state following a cache of recently discovered emails.
Trump, 70 called the vote on Tuesday a final chance to turn back foreign forces menacing American identity, while Clinton said the country’s long journey toward equality for women and minorities was at risk of being reversed in a day’s balloting.
Trump claimed that he is leading in battleground States and is headed to win the White House race, much to the surprise of the pollsters and the media.
At the Clinton campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, volunteers turned out in large numbers, urging voters to go and cast their ballot on and before November 8.