Clinton, Trump make final push in key states

It's a frenzied final push for votes in battleground states in the closing days of the US presidential campaign, even as polls seem to have settled on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton as the front runner going into tomorrow's election.

The latest polling average by political website RealClearPolitics gives her a 2-percentage point advantage over her Republican opponent Donald Trump, and it has hovered in that range for the past week.

But Mr Trump continues to seek a breakthrough as he heads to battleground states such as Pennsylvania and North Carolina, even squeezing in a last-ditch attempt in Minnesota - a solidly blue, or Democratic, state, which his campaign has largely ignored thus far.

Experts say the Trump campaign is hoping to put the state in play as he is fast running out of paths to hit the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.

Even as early voting shows a spike in Latino turnout across the country, giving Mrs Clinton an early edge in key states, the former secretary of state is still hoping to shore up her position with the help of her top surrogates, including President Barack Obama.

Not leaving anything to chance, she and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, are expected to campaign in Michigan, a long-time Democratic state, to prevent Mr Trump from sneaking in a win.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 07, 2016, with the headline 'Clinton, Trump make final push in key states'. Print Edition | Subscribe