Candidates Make Final Appeal To Voters, Clinton Takes Lead In Tracking Poll, And Rally Missed Connections

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November 8th, 2016

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In Final Rally, Trump Tells Supporters: ‘Today Is Our Independence Day’

The Gist: Early Tuesday, Donald Trump made his final appeal to voters at a rally just after midnight in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Cokie Roberts: Comment About Birth Control And Latino Vote Was ‘Inartful’

The Gist: In an interview Monday, Roberts said that her comment was an attempt at levity, although “quite clearly not a very good joke.”

Clinton Leads By Five-Point Margin In Final Tracking Poll Update

The Gist: Clinton takes the lead, 44-39, over Donald Trump in the the final installment of the Ipsos/Reuters tracking poll.

From The Reporter’s Notebook

Campaigning for Hillary Clinton on the eve of the election, President Barack Obama told voters that he was still “as optimistic as ever about the future,” TPM’s Esme Cribb reported. He ended his address to a rally in Philadelphia by recounting a question from a journalist who asked Obama if he still believed in change. “Yes,” Obama said. “I still believe in hope and I’m still as optimistic as ever about the future and that’s because of you, the American people.”

Agree or Disagree?

Josh Marshall: “We’ve heard a lot about both candidates being unlikeable, the election being ugly and so forth and how that means people are going to be turned off and a lot of people just won’t vote at all. We don’t know the total numbers yet. But all the indications from the early vote are that that is not going to be true. This should have been obvious. Everything we’ve seen over the last generation tells us that hard fought elections where a lot is on the line turn out a lot of people. That makes total sense. Why people stick to this other assumption is a mystery.”

Say What?!

“Obama made me a better man.”

– Glenn Beck, who once said Obama has a “a deep-seated hatred for white people,” says the President has made him a better person.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: “[Trump supporters] have real grievances, and we need to recognize and respond to the underlying realities, I agree with you there. But we also need to see that these same people are supporting very dangerous solutions. Solutions that will never address their needs and only exacerbate the downward spiral, hateful and damaging solutions. How can you just ignore that aspect of their character? I, too, find myself wrestling with this question. For the supporters I do not know it is relatively easy, but for people in my own circle it it going to be very tough. It already is.”

Related: In one of her final rallies before Election Day, Clinton defined the race as a choice between “division or unity.”

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What We’re Reading

Trump rally missed connections. (McSweeney’s)

Gladys Elaine Beeman was born the day women got the vote. (The Washington Post)