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‘We have to win,’ Donald Trump tells supporters in Mich.

Donald Trump spoke to supporters early Tuesday in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Donald Trump spoke to supporters early Tuesday in Grand Rapids, Mich.Carlo Allegri/Reuters

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WASHINGTON — The latest on the US presidential campaign:

1:40 a.m.

Donald Trump has a final message to his supporters in the election’s waning hours: ‘‘We have to win.’’

The GOP nominee told his final rally crowd in Grand Rapids, Mich., that: ‘‘If we don’t win, this will be the single greatest waste of time, energy, and money in my life.’’

Trump’s final event at a local convention center was surprisingly staid, with none of the theatrics of an earlier rally in a packed arena in New Hampshire.

As he spoke, dozens of people streamed toward the exit, forming a procession in front of an area where reporters were stationed.


Some said they were trying to get closer to the door. But most said they were leaving because they were tired, wanted to beat traffic or had heard enough.

Trump says now that he’s finished his campaign, his ‘‘new adventure’’ will be ‘‘making America great again.’’


1:03 a.m.

Hillary Clinton is calling on voters to reject Donald Trump’s ‘‘dark and divisive’’ vision. She says there’s no reason why ‘‘America’s best days are not ahead of us.’’

She’s closing out her campaign with a rally early Tuesday in Raleigh, N.C., featuring Lady Gaga and Jon Bon Jovi. Clinton told cheering supporters that their ‘‘work will be just beginning’’ after Election Day.

Clinton spent the final hours of her presidential campaign offering a more positive vision for the country, trying to strike a stark contrast with Trump.

She was joined in her final events by her husband, former president Bill Clinton, and confidants, including embattled aide Huma Abedin.

Clinton plans to end her campaign by greeting supporters at the Westchester airport, in New York, where she was expected to land after 3 a.m. EST.



1:02 a.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was serenaded by Lady Gaga and Jon Bon Jovi at her campaign finale in Raleigh, N.C., early Tuesday.

The entertainers appeared shortly before Clinton concluded her brief post-midnight visit and before boarding her campaign plane for Westchester, N.Y., where supporters were waiting to cheer her after a marathon day of campaigning. She was joined in her final events by her husband, former president Bill Clinton, daughter Chelsea, and closest confidants, including embattled aide Huma Abedin.


12:54 a.m.

Donald Trump is channeling Hollywood as he kicks off the final rally of his unconventional presidential campaign.

‘‘Today is our Independence Day,’’ Trump declared at a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., the early hours Tuesday. ‘Today the American working class is going to strike back.’’

Trump had been expected to hold his last rally in New Hampshire, but added one last event to his calendar as his team made an 11th-hour push into traditionally Democratic states.

Trump says he doesn’t need superstars like Jay Z, Beyonce or Lady Gaga to draw crowds, like his rival Hillary Clinton. He says, ‘‘All we need is great ideas to make America great again.’’


10 p.m.

Donald Trump just can’t help himself.

The GOP nominee is reviving an insult derided as racist as he makes his final pitch to voters on the eve of Election Day.

Speaking during a rally in New Hampshire, Trump referred to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren as ‘‘Pocahontas’’ — a reference to claims she made about being part Native American.


He’s also calling Warren a ‘‘terrible person,’’ ‘'a terrible human being’’ and a ‘‘terrible senator’’ who is hated by her colleagues.

The comment came as Trump continued to air grievances about the GOP primary and early concerns about whether he would be able to win more than 50 percent of the GOP vote.


9:34 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says at a large campaign rally with President Barack Obama that Tuesday’s election represents ‘‘the test of our time.’’ She asks, ‘‘What will we vote for, not just against?’’

Clinton rallied thousands of supporters outside Philadelphia’s Independence Hall on the eve of the election. She tells the crowd that she deeply regrets how angry the tone of the campaign became, prompting someone to yell that it wasn’t her fault.

Clinton was joined on stage after the rally by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, her daughter Chelsea and the Obamas. The rally included performances by rockers Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, all aimed at winning battleground Pennsylvania.


9:07 p.m.

President Barack Obama says voters don’t have to settle for just voting against Donald Trump. He says they ‘‘have somebody extraordinary to vote for’’ in Hillary Clinton.

Obama is delivering his closing pitch for Clinton during a star-studded rally in Philadelphia. He’s trying to combat the notion that voters have to settle for Clinton because they’re so turned off by Trump.

Obama says he’s had to ‘‘bite my tongue’’ throughout the ‘‘nonsense’’ of the campaign. He’s decrying ‘‘vicious, crazy’’ attacks against Clinton and says she’s been held to double-standards.


Obama says despite all that, Clinton doesn’t complain or buckle. He says she brushes it off because she’s strong like the American people.


9:03 p.m.

Donald Trump is pulling out all the stops as he holds the second-last rally of his campaign in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Trump is appearing with his running mate Mike Pence and many members of his family at the SNHU Arena, which is packed with thousands of cheering supporters.

It’s the same arena where he held his final rally before the New Hampshire primary. His win in that race paved his way to the party’s nomination.

‘‘It all began for me in New Hampshire,’’ Trump says after taking the stage.

Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, briefly addressed the crowd in support of her father.

While his rival Hillary Clinton is campaigning with a cast of celebrities, Trump says, ‘‘I have the best surrogates of all.’’


8:54 p.m.

First lady Michelle Obama says voters have a chance on Tuesday to stand up to ‘‘those who seek to divide us and make us afraid.’’

Mrs. Obama is rallying for Hillary Clinton along with President Barack Obama in Philadelphia. She’s casting a Hillary Clinton victory as the continuation of a unique American story that included the election of the first black president.

Mrs. Obama says voters can show that the U.S. has always been great. She says helping Clinton get elected is perhaps the last and most important thing she can do for the country as first lady.



8:52 p.m.

Former President Bill Clinton says Tuesday will mark a ‘‘change election.’’

He says voters have to decide whether ‘‘we are going to change forward together or backward.’’

Clinton says Hillary Clinton has ‘‘lived her life dedicated to making changes for other people.’’

Clinton is speaking on behalf of his wife at a star-studded rally in Philadelphia on Monday night. He’s joined by first lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, singers Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi.


8:46 p.m.

Rocker Bruce Springsteen says the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in Tuesday’s election ‘‘couldn’t be any clearer’’ and is telling a Philadelphia rally that Trump’s ideas and campaign are ‘‘going down.’’

Springsteen made his first appearance on the 2016 campaign trail on behalf of Clinton. He says her candidacy is based on ‘‘intelligence, experience, preparation’’ and a vision of America ‘‘where everyone counts.’’

Springsteen has campaigned on behalf of President Barack Obama and John Kerry in the past. He says Trump’s campaign allowed him ‘‘to prioritize his own interests and ego before American democracy itself.’’ He says on Tuesday ‘‘those ideas and that campaign is going down.’’

The Boss performed a short acoustic set that included ‘‘Thunder Road,’’ ‘'Long Walk Home’’ and ‘‘Dancing in the Dark.’’


8:05 p.m.

Jon Bon Jovi is telling Hillary Clinton’s supporters that ‘‘the world is watching’’ on the eve of Tuesday’s presidential election.

The rock band front man performed at a rally near Philadelphia’s Independence Hall ahead of appearances by Clinton, President Barack Obama and rocker Bruce Springsteen.

Bon Jovi says with the eyes of the world upon America, the nation needs to ask itself, ‘‘What kind of world do we want? I want a world of hope and optimism.’’

Bon Jovi has raised money for Clinton’s campaign. His set list included ‘‘Who Says You Can’t Go Home’’ and ‘‘Livin’ on a Prayer.’’

6:54 p.m.

Former vice president Al Gore says the future of the world is at stake in Tuesday’s presidential election.

Gore spoke on Monday in Boulder, Colorado, to supporters of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. He declared: ‘‘This is a climate election.’’

Gore did not mention Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. But he said Clinton would continue international efforts to reduce carbon emissions while Trump would walk away from them.

He told the crowd it could all come down to the election returns in Boulder, the liberal heart of this battleground state.

Gore became a high profile climate activist after losing the 2000 presidential election to Republican George W. Bush.


6:37 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says she intends to call rival Donald Trump if she wins the presidency in Tuesday’s election.

The Democratic presidential nominee says in a radio interview with Ryan Seacrest that she hopes Trump will ‘‘play a constructive role’’ in helping bring the country together.

Clinton says in an interview on the final day of campaigning that if she wins, she wants to bring together people who supported Trump for a ‘‘national conversation’’ after the election.

She says she wants to hear from people who supported Trump as well as people who supported her.


Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton is ‘‘the face of failure’’ and he’s predicting a ‘‘great victory’’ on Tuesday.as he holds his final Pennsylvania rally of the campaign.

Trump tells a roaring crowd in Scranton, Pennsylvania, that he doesn’t believe polls that show him running neck-and-neck with rival Hillary Clinton.

Trump says, ‘‘I think we’re going to blow ‘em out tomorrow.’’

He adds, ‘‘This is not the sound of a second place finisher.’’

Trump is continuing to paint Clinton as a corrupt Washington insider who has accomplished too little in her years in public life.


5:12 p.m.

Donald Trump continues to say that he’s put $100 million of his own money into his presidential run. Fundraising records show that with just 24 hours to go, he’s about $34 million short of that amount.

Trump’s latest major contribution to his own campaign was $10 million on Oct. 28, according to Federal Election Commission reports. That brings his total investment to about $66 million.

He most recently made his $100 million assertion at a rally Monday afternoon in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Trump’s personal investment shrinks when accounting for about $9 million in campaign cash that has returned to his family and businesses.

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5:10 p.m.

A soaring turnout from Latino voters has driven a record number of Americans to vote ahead of Election Day.

Associated Press data show at least 43.2 million people have cast ballots by early voting. Record levels have been reported in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Millions more ballots are still coming in.

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The AP estimates that early votes could top 50 million. That comes to nearly 40 percent of all ballots. In 2012, there were 46 million early votes, or 35 percent.

The latest numbers show declines in voting from blacks in North Carolina — a drop-off after historic levels for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. But higher turnout by Latinos, who often lean Democratic, may be buoying Clinton in Florida. Both are must-win for Donald Trump.


Hillary Clinton’s campaign is serving a legal warning to television stations playing campaign ads that state the Democratic candidate is being investigated by the FBI.

RELATED: Hillary Clinton has a slight edge over Donald Trump in latest polls

Her campaign sent out cease-and-desist letters to multiple television stations on Monday. The letters ask the stations to stop playing ads from Donald Trump campaign and a super PAC supporting his bid making that claim. That’s according to campaign aides.

FBI Director James Comey said on Sunday the agency would not reopen its investigation of her use of a private server as Secretary of State. The announcement came as a relief to her campaign, which has seen polls tighten amid speculation that the agency would reexamine the issue.

Clinton is campaigning in three battleground states on Monday, making her final swing of the 2016 race.

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4:57 p.m.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence are suggesting falsely that Hillary Clinton wants virtually no immigration controls.

Pence on the eve of Election Day again made the charge in Erie, Pennsylvania. The Republican vice presidential nominee noted a speech Clinton gave Brazil in 2013 as proof she’d have ‘‘open borders.’’

Republicans have seized on Clinton saying her ‘‘dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders.’’ But she was talking specifically about the energy market, not immigration.

Clinton does support a more lenient immigration policy than Trump’s proposal for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. She would grant a path to citizenship to some people already in the U.S. illegally. She has not proposed open borders.


4:47 p.m.

Hillary Clinton’s final rally will be a star-studded affair in battleground North Carolina.

The campaign announced Monday that the midnight event in Raleigh will feature Lady Gaga, Jon Bon Jovi and DJ Samantha Ronson. Clinton’s family will also attend.

The rally will conclude a whirlwind tour of battleground states in the final days before the election. Clinton is also visiting Michigan and Pennsylvania on Monday.

Clinton’s celebrity guests in recent days have included Jay Z and Beyonce, James Taylor and Katy Perry.


Hillary Clinton says she’ll be a president for all Americans — including Republicans.

The Democrat is making the case that Donald Trump is unqualified as she is campaigns in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The area has a lot of GOP voters.

She says she’s gotten to know a lot of presidents from her days interning and then working on Capitol Hill, to becoming first lady, a senator and President Barack Obama’s secretary of state. She adds that regardless of party, ‘‘I never doubted they were fit to serve as our president.’’


4:46 p.m.

Donald Trump continues to say that he’s put $100 million of his own money into his presidential run. Fundraising records show that with just 24 hours to go, he’s about $34 million short of that amount.

Trump’s latest major contribution to his own campaign was $10 million on Oct. 28, according to Federal Election Commission reports. That brings his total investment to about $66 million.

He most recently made his $100 million assertion at a rally Monday afternoon in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Trump’s personal investment shrinks when accounting for about $9 million in campaign cash that has returned to his family and businesses.


4:16 p.m.

Donald Trump is hop-scotching the country, delivering his closing argument to voters with just hours left before Election Day polls open.

Trump made his second stop of the day in battleground North Carolina. He’s painting a dismal picture of life in the country, describing an indebted, crime-ridden nation that only he can fix.

Trump tells a Raleigh audience, ‘‘You've got a half a day to make every dream you've ever dreamed for your country and for your family to come true.’’

Trump has been predicting victory, but says if he doesn’t win, he'll consider it ‘‘the single greatest waste of time, energy and money.’’


3:52 p.m.

Latinos aren’t the only ones seeing big jumps in turnout in early voting.

Asian-American voters have increased across the board in key states being targeted by both presidential campaigns. That’s according to an analysis by Catalist, a Democratic analytical firm.

The racial group in more recent presidential elections has tilted heavily Democratic.

Ballots from Asian-Americans have roughly doubled in Florida, Arizona, Virginia and North Carolina.

In Georgia, ballots from the group have almost tripled.

Smaller in population, Asian-Americans typically make up about 1 percent to 2 percent of a state’s vote share. But they have become more pivotal in closely fought battleground states with larger numbers of their communities, such as Nevada and Virginia.


3:44 p.m.

Tim Kaine is wrapping his last tour in a key swing state with an aggressive speech criticizing Republican Donald Trump.

The Democratic vice presidential nominee said Trump’s ‘‘divisive, insult driven’’ campaign has shown he’s not fit to be president.

‘‘As you campaign, so you will govern,’’ Kaine said.

Kaine reminded supporters that Trump had insulted numerous individuals, including a Muslim Gold Star family and Sen. John McCain.

Kaine made the remarks in Wilmington, North Carolina, his third stop in the battleground state Monday. He is scheduled to finish the day with two events in his home state of Virginia.


3:28 p.m.

A federal judge says she sees no evidence that Republicans and presidential candidate Donald Trump want supporters to intimidate North Carolina minority voters on Election Day.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles said after an hour-long hearing Monday that she'll keep an eye on what happens Tuesday. She could consider sanctions if there’s a coordinated effort to turn away voters in minority neighborhoods.

North Carolina’s Democratic Party alleged in a law suit filed last week that Trump’s presidential campaign and a political organization run by his informal adviser, Roger Stone, has intimidated voters.

Federal courts have rejected similar complaints in Ohio and Arizona. Nevada, Michigan and Pennsylvania cases remain pending.

3 p.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down a request from Ohio Democrats to issue an order aimed at preventing Donald Trump’s supporters from harassing or intimidating voters on Election Day.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted on Monday that Ohio law already forbids voter intimidation.

The case is part of a flurry of courtroom efforts by the Democrats around the country to head off what they say is vigilantism by the Trump campaign and its backers.

The Republican presidential candidate has called on supporters to watch for fraud at the polls. That has stirred fears of minority voters being confronted and challenged by self-appointed poll watchers.


2:35 p.m.

Joe Biden is stressing the importance of the African-American vote as he and his wife visit historically black Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida.

The vice president said that if African-Americans turn out in the same numbers as they did for President Barack Obama, then Hillary Clinton will win Florida. And he said that would make her the next president.

He also told the few hundred students in the crowd Monday that historically black colleges would be hurt under the Trump administration. He predicted cuts to Pell Grants.

Biden also attacked Trump’s character, saying he couldn’t imagine any president, ‘‘not even the worst one,’’ tweeting vitriol about a woman’s body at 3:30 a.m.


2:25 p.m.

The FBI’s announcement reaffirming that it won’t pursue criminal charges against Hillary Clinton came too late for nearly 24 million voters.

That’s how many people used early voting to cast ballots while the FBI reviewed the emails of a Clinton aide.

FBI Director James Comey revealed the review of the new emails on Oct. 28, at the height of early voting. That upended the presidential race at a time when Clinton was building a lead.

On Sunday, Comey informed Congress that the review was completed and the FBI stood by its decision not to pursue charges.

The nearly 24 million voters who voted during those nine days represent about 18 percent of the expected total votes for president.

As of Monday, at least 42.5 million total ballots were cast early.


1:25 p.m.

A month ago, Speaker Paul Ryan told House Republicans he would neither defend nor work for Donald Trump’s election. Now America’s top elected Republican is talking unity.

Ryan said in an interview Monday on WTMJ-AM that ‘‘I do not want to harm our team going into the election. I want to unify our team going into the election.’’

The Wisconsin congressman said in a statement Sunday that the way to end the Clinton era is to elect Trump. It was one of the first explicit calls for electing Trump since Ryan effectively abandoned the presidential candidate over crude, predatory remarks about groping women.

Ryan is seeking re-election as speaker. Some House Republicans have criticized him for his tepid support for Trump.


1:05 p.m.

The lone American off the planet has cast his vote from space. That’s in keeping with NASA’s motto of ‘‘Vote while you float.’’

NASA said Monday that astronaut Shane Kimbrough (KIM-broe) filed his ballot from the International Space Station sometime over the past few days. He arrived at the orbiting lab in mid-October. Before launching, Kimbrough said it was going to be special, being able to say ‘‘I voted from space.’’

NASA says the previous U.S. space station resident, Kate Rubins, also cast an absentee ballot from up there, before returning to Earth a week ago.

A 1997 Texas law allows U.S. astronauts to vote from space. For NASA astronauts, home is Houston when they’re not circling the globe.


1:05 p.m.

President Barack Obama is making an explicit pitch to Michigan’s auto workers. He says that Donald Trump doesn’t care about their future.

Obama is campaigning Monday for Hillary Clinton in Ann Arbor, outside Detroit. He said he and Democrats have ‘‘earned some credibility here’’ after saving the auto industry through federal bailouts early in Obama’s presidency.

Obama said in contrast, Trump said Washington could have let the auto companies go bankrupt. He said if even two of the major auto companies had gone bankrupt, it could have cost a million U.S. jobs and killed Michigan’s auto industry.

Obama says auto workers shouldn’t be ‘‘bamboozled’’ by the Republican business mogul.


1 p.m.

President Barack Obama is making an explicit pitch to Michigan’s auto workers that Donald Trump doesn’t care about their future.

Obama is campaigning Monday for Hillary Clinton in Ann Arbor, outside Detroit. He said he and Democrats have ‘‘earned some credibility here’’ after saving the auto industry through federal bailouts early in Obama’s presidency.

Obama said in contrast, Trump said Washington could have let the auto companies go bankrupt. He said if even two of the major auto companies had gone bankrupt, it could have cost a million U.S. jobs and killed Michigan’s auto industry.

Obama says auto workers shouldn’t be ‘‘bamboozled’’ by the Republican business mogul.


12:55 p.m.

Police officials in New York say they plan a show of force for Election Day equal to New Year’s Eve in Times Square and last year’s visit by Pope Francis.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and top NYPD officials said Monday that more than 5,000 police officers will be assigned on Tuesday to secure midtown Manhattan, where both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will spend election night. Police also will be posted at polling places across the city.

The contingent includes heavy weapon units trained to respond quickly to terror threats. Both uniformed and plainclothes officers will flood the subways and crowded areas like Times Square.

Streets will be closed around the New York Hilton, scene of Trump’s gathering, and the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, scene of Clinton’s festivities.


12:50 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is ending her campaign with a decidedly positive message, after days of focusing on attacking Donald Trump.

Clinton Is telling voters they don’t have to accept a ‘‘dark and divisive’’ future, saying she doesn’t recognize the country Trump describes in his campaign speeches. The Democratic presidential candidate is promising a brighter future that will address the economic inequality facing America.

She said: ‘‘Tomorrow you can vote for a hopeful, inclusive, bighearted America.’’

Clinton is campaigning in Pittsburgh, a crucial area in a key battleground state. She'll return to Pennsylvania on Monday night for a campaign rally with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. She’s also making stops in Michigan and North Carolina.


12:40 p.m.

Chelsea Clinton says Donald Trump has fueled the bullying in schools that her mother, Hillary Clinton, wants to stop.

The former first daughter is introducing President Barack Obama at a rally Monday for her mother in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She says Obama hasn’t gotten enough credit for progress on his watch.

Chelsea Clinton said if Americans care about health care, jobs, women’s rights and LGBT equality, they need to vote on Tuesday. She’s making a particular pitch to Michigan’s auto workers in nearby Detroit.

Chelsea Clinton says she’s so proud that her two children were born while Obama was president.


12:35 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is being introduced by Tom Colicchio, famous for his role as a judge on the television show ‘‘Top Chef.’’

The celebrity chef urged voters in Pittsburgh Monday to support Clinton.

He said he met Clinton when she was a senator from New York and she would urge him to use foods from upstate New York farmers.

He said Clinton ‘‘can tie this country together.’’

The two embraced when she took the stage.

Clinton is spending the final hours before Election Day on a four-state tour of battleground states.


12 p.m.

Donald Trump’s running mate is urging Republican voters to ‘‘come home’’ and ensure that Democrat Hillary Clinton ‘‘is never elected president of the United States.’’

Mike Pence told a Duluth, Minnesota, crowd Monday that Clinton would bring ‘‘the politics of personal enrichment’’ and ‘‘outright corruption’’ to the Oval Office.

He dismissed the FBI’s Sunday announcement that the agency has found no new evidence of criminal wrongdoing in Clinton’s handling of national security information while secretary of state.

Pence noted that FBI Director James Comey had previously confirmed the presence of classified material in emails sent on a private server Clinton used. Pence insisted that amounts to a crime.

The Indiana governor plans at least two more rallies in battleground states before Election Day.


11:55 a.m.

Donald Trump is criticizing the FBI’s decision not to criminally charge Hillary Clinton. He says ‘‘now it’s up to the American people to deliver justice at the ballot box.’’

Trump kicked off his Election Day eve blitz with a rally Monday in Florida. He told the Sarasota crowd that ‘‘the system is rigged, but at least we know it.’’

He claimed that ‘‘our country is a laughing stock all over the world.’’

The Republican nominee than pantomimed quotation marks when he said the word ‘‘justice’’ as he hit the FBI and the Department of Justice for their handling of the case.

FBI Director James Comey notified Congress Sunday that a review of new emails connected to Clinton’s servers did not produce evidence that would warrant charges.


11:45 a.m.

An ex-aide to former President Bill Clinton alleged in a hacked email that Chelsea Clinton used the family’s charitable foundation to help underwrite her 2010 wedding.

The 2012 exchange between Doug Band and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta was released by the WikiLeaks organization. Stolen messages have chronicled tensions within the Clinton Foundation between Band and the daughter of the Democratic presidential nominee.

Band told Podesta that Chelsea Clinton was gossiping to outsiders that she was investigating questionable spending. Band suggested that she is the one who should be scrutinized for ‘‘using foundation resources for her wedding.’’ He did not provide details about this. A Clinton Foundation spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Band was later forced out amid issues with his outside consulting firm.


11:40 a.m.

Donald Trump is kicking off his last, breakneck day of campaigning before polls open with a rally in Sarasota, Florida.

Trump is telling thousands of supporters packed into a local fairgrounds arena Monday that the election is now in their hands.

He told them: ‘‘Get out there. I mean, I did my thing. I worked.’’

Trump is planning to continue a frenzied campaign pace, with rallies in five states Monday, including North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Michigan.

Trump is also continuing to paint rival Hillary Clinton as a corrupt and alluding to the scrutiny of her use of a private email sever as secretary of state.

Trump is also having some fun. At one point, he held up a mask in his likeness and complimented its hair.


11:30 a.m.

The White House says it will ‘‘neither defend nor criticize’’ FBI Director James Comey’s decision to send a new letter to Congress about Hillary Clinton’s emails.

That’s the same phrasing the White House used when Comey initially announced that the FBI was looking into more emails related to its investigation of Clinton. In a follow-up letter Sunday, Comey said the FBI review was completed and it was standing by its recommendation that no charges be filed.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Monday told reporters aboard Air Force One that the White House hasn’t been briefed on the investigation and didn’t receive advance notice about Comey’s latest letter.

Earnest says Obama still has confidence in Comey.


10:50 a.m.

Philadelphia’s public transit system will be up and running in time for Election Day now that a weeklong strike has ended. That’s a relief to the state’s Democrats.

Democratic city officials were worried that the strike could affect turnout at the polls Tuesday. Pennsylvania does not offer early voting, so Election Day turnout is key.

The state has favored Democrats in recent presidential elections, but polls suggest the race is tightening. Democrat Hillary Clinton is counting on strong support in the Philadelphia area. Both candidates are campaigning in the state Tuesday.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and the union representing roughly 4,700 transit workers announced a tentative agreement early Monday. Subways were soon operating on a reduced schedule and limited trolled serve was restored.


10:30 a.m.

The Justice Department says it will send more than 500 staffers to 28 states on Election Day to monitor the polls. That’s a 35 percent reduction from the number four years ago.

Department officials say personnel will be sent to 67 jurisdictions to watch for potential civil rights violations. Monday’s announcement comes amid rising concerns about voter intimidation, particularly aimed at minorities.

The number of personnel is less than the roughly 780 monitors and observers who were dispatched in 2012.

The Justice Department has said its poll-watching presence has been curtailed by a 2013 Supreme Court opinion that gutted a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.

In a statement, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the department is committed to ensuring that every eligible voter can participate in the election.


10:25 a.m.

Hillary Clinton is departing on a multi-stop swing of the presidential battleground states on the day before the election. She’s telling reporters that ‘‘we’re just going to work until the last vote is counted.’’

Clinton said Monday that while she thinks she has ‘‘some work to do to bring the country together,’’ she wants to be the president for those who vote for her and those who don't. She was speaking to reporters at an airport outside New York City.

Clinton said she has ‘‘a big agenda ahead of us’’ and is vowing to ‘‘get a lot done’’ if she defeats Republican Donald Trump.

The Democratic presidential nominee was campaigning in Pittsburgh; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Philadelphia and Raleigh, North Carolina.


8:55 a.m.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he doesn’t know if the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy cost him the vice presidential nomination.

Christie said Monday on ‘‘CBS This Morning’’ that he was runner-up to be Republican Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick. He denied a report that Trump had offered him the job, then rescinded it. He said he thinks Trump thought Indian governor Mike Pence was the better choice.

Two of Christie’s former allies were convicted Friday for their role in re-aligning access lanes to the bridge in a political revenge plot against a Democratic mayor who didn’t endorse him.

Christie says he thinks Trump will defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton Tuesday because the momentum is on his side and the country wants change.


8:35 a.m.

Ohio Democrats want the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in their voter intimidation lawsuit in the swing state.

The party has filed an emergency request for the nation’s high court to lift a Cincinnati-based federal appeals court order. That ruling Sunday granted the Donald Trump campaign’s request to block a federal judge’s restraining order Democrats said was needed to prevent voter intimidation.

A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel said Ohio Democrats didn’t show ‘‘a likelihood of success’’ on their case’s merits.

The party told the U.S. Supreme Court the appellate judges ruled without reviewing ‘‘critical evidence’’ a lower court judge relied on in ruling that anyone engaging in intimidation or harassment inside or near polling places would face contempt of court charges.


7:35 a.m.

Donald Trump’s campaign manager says it’s not true that his staff has stopped him from tweeting.

Trump has exhibited unusual restraint on social media in the final days of the campaign. The New York Times reported on Sunday that aides ‘‘have finally wrested away’’ his Twitter account.

President Barack Obama seized on the report at a voter rally in Florida, telling the crowd that anyone who can’t be trusted with a Twitter account shouldn’t be trusted with control of the America’s nuclear weapons.

When asked Monday about the Times report by NBC’s ‘‘Today Show,’’ campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said: ‘‘No, it’s not true.’’


3:15 a.m.

With the cloud of an FBI investigation lifted, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump struck strikingly different tones as they moved into the final hours of a volatile, nearly two-year-long presidential campaign.

After days of attacks on Trump’s qualifications and temperament, Clinton cast herself as the candidate of ‘‘healing and reconciliation,’’ perhaps a surprising position for one of the most divisive figures in American politics. Trump, meanwhile, voiced new confidence as he brought his campaign — and his dark visions of a rigged American economic and political system— to longtime Democratic strongholds.

Overshadowing the flurry of last-minute campaigning was FBI Director James Comey’s latest letter to Congress, informing lawmakers the bureau had found no evidence in its hurried review of newly discovered emails to warrant criminal charges against Clinton.