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Candidates Go for the Jugular as Race Gets Down to the Wire

11-02-2016
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In the final days of the presidential campaign, both candidates are battling it out in the swing states and preparing for what could be a very close contest.  

Not pulling any punches, Trump is vowing to overturn the controversial Affordable Care Act as soon as he becomes president. His words come in the wake of reports that Obamacare will see premiums spike sharply next year,  

"I will ask Congress to convene a special session so we can repeal and replace," the GOP nominee said.
 
Clinton, meanwhile, is again focusing on Trump's character, saying she not only disagrees with him but that he simply isn't suitable for the highest office in the land.

"I started saying last June, I believe, that Donald Trump has proven himself temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be president and commander in chief," she told supporters.
   
She is also raising the issue of his treatment of women in an effort to secure the female vote.

"I want all the girls to know -- you are valuable," she said. "Don't let somebody like this bully tell you otherwise."
   
Trump, on the other hand, is testing out a kind of "buyer's remorse" tactic, urging voters who have already cast ballots for Clinton to change their vote.  It's possible in four states.

"You can change your vote to Donald Trump.  Trump will make America great again, okay?" he vowed.
   
Both campaigns are unleashing millions of dollars in advertising for the final stretch.  

The Trump campaign is spending $25 million in battleground states -- ones that recent polls have showed lean towards Clinton, indicating perhaps that the Trump team has renewed hope they can win there.
   
Meanwhile, Clinton has raised more than $11 million online in the three days since the FBI announced its renewed email investigation.  It's the most since she became the nominee.
   
As the race tightens, Bloomberg News (ITALICS) reports both campaigns are getting ready for a possible overtime -- that is, the likelihood of a post-election battle.  Both are assembling teams to monitor the polls in key states and possibly challenge some results.
   
And while Americans are divided on the election itself, a new poll shows that the public overwhelmingly agrees on one thing: They think the mainstream media would like to see Hillary Clinton win.

A Suffolk University-USA Today poll asked, "Who do you think the media, including major newspapers and television stations,-would like to see elected president?"  Seventy-six percent of respondents said Clinton, while only 8 percent said Trump.
   
For now, the candidates are focusing on the swing states since the race in the all-important Electoral College could come down to just a few states – and maybe even a few votes in those states.

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