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Clinton, Trump Make Final Push Before Election Day

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump made their final push across multiple states on Monday -- the last day of a volatile, nearly two-year-long presidential campaign.

As CBS2's Tony Aiello reported, Clinton made the rounds in Michigan, North Carolina and Pennsylvania – first for an appearance in Pittsburgh.

She then ended the night with a rally in Philadelphia, along with her husband, President Bill Clinton, as well as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi also appeared at the Philadelphia rally, on the grounds across from Independence Hall, WCBS 880's Alex Silverman reported.

"This country began here," former President Clinton said.

"If we stay home, or we play around with a protest vote, then Hillary's opponent will win – period, end of story," Michelle Obama said.

"I'm betting that young people turn out to vote, because your future is at stake," President Obama said.

And candidate Clinton had an optimistic closing argument.

"We choose to believe in a hopeful, inclusive, big-hearted America," she said.

With most Electoral College projections giving Clinton the edge, Clinton said voters face a clear choice, CBS2's Aiello reported.

Clinton said the choice is "between an economy that works for everyone or only those at the top; between strong steady leadership or a loose cannon that could put everything at risk."

Dozens of Clinton supporters earlier boarded buses Monday morning in New York to push for Democratic voter turnout in Pennsylvania.

"It is important for me to take the day off and do this, personally, for my family and for my community," one woman said.

"We have today, and we have tomorrow, and we have to continue. We can't stop. We can't sit down and say that everything is a given, we're going to work very hard until tomorrow night," one man said.

Back in New York Monday night, Madonna held a pop-up concert in Washington Square Park to rally Clinton supporters.

Video showed Madonna playing an acoustic guitar and performing her songs "Don't Tell Me," "Rebel Heart," and "Like a Prayer," among others, as well as John Lennon's "Imagine" and Pete Seeger's "If I Had a Hammer."

In video posted by Billboard, she urged voters: "Vote with your heart, vote with your mind, vote with your spirit, vote with your soul. Save this country, please."

Meanwhile, Trump's whirlwind schedule included five states – Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Michigan.

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In Manchester, New Hampshire, GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence spoke.

"You've nominated a man for president who never quits; who never backs down!" Pence said.

Afterward, a laser light show welcomed Trump himself to the stage. He called for wholesale change in Washington, D.C.

"I want the entire corrupt Washington establishment to hear these words from all of us. When we win tomorrow, we are going to drain the swamp!" Trump said.

Trump began his day with a rally in Sarasota, Florida, where he told thousands of supporters packed into a local fairgrounds arena that the election is now in their hands.

"Get out there," he said. "I mean, I did my thing. I worked.''

Trump also continued to paint Clinton as corrupt and alluded to the scrutiny of her use of a private email server as secretary of state.

"The system is totally rigged," Trump said. "Hillary Clinton should not even be allowed to run for the presidency of the United States."

Trump added: "Nobody can believe what's going on with the FBI and what's going on with the Department of Justice. Nobody," Trump said.

FBI Director James Comey's latest letter to Congress on Sunday informed lawmakers the bureau had found no evidence in its hurried review of newly discovered emails to warrant criminal charges against Clinton.

A new CBS News poll finds Clinton holds a four-point lead over Trump nationally, 45 to 41 percent. Few voters say their minds could change before Election Day on Tuesday.


The poll also found that most voters still expect Clinton to win Tuesday, including nine in 10 Clinton voters. Meanwhile, most Trump voters expect their candidate to win, though by a smaller margin than Clinton voters, according to CBS News.

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Clinton's team was cautiously optimistic late Monday.

"It's so important that all of our supporters turn out," said Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook. "But we think across the country, through our efforts to build that ground game, register people to vote and turn them out, that we've established a lead in some states that Donald Trump can't overcome."

But Trump's team believes they have six possible scenarios of key battleground state winners that will get them the 270 electoral votes needed win.

"We just know we're going to win," said Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway. "We changed the invitation for tomorrow night's party from election night to victory party. We've been feeling that momentum and that enthusiasm in the closing days."

The Trump campaign on Monday also denied a New York Times report claiming that Trump was taken off Twitter by his aides, in order to keep him on message. His Twitter page has been active, depending on who has been writing the tweets.

And when Tuesday night comes around, Trump and Clinton will be in – and all eyes will be on – New York City.

There had been threats from al-Qaeda about a terror attack happening on Monday, mentioning New York, Virginia and Texas as possible Election Day targets.

The NYPD will have officers at each of the city's 1,200 polling places, and extra security will also extend to the subway.

The Democrats will convene at the Jacob Javits Convention Center Tuesday night, while the Republicans will gather at the New York Hilton Midtown.

Meanwhile, about 40 million people have already cast their ballots in early voting states.

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