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The final exhaustive sprint: Where the candidates are campaigning

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton
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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

With less than 24 hours to go, the presidential candidates are in a mad dash to the finish line.

Hillary Clinton, who is the favorite to win the election according polling averages and prediction markets, is campaigning at four events in three states on Monday. Donald Trump is planning to hit a whopping five events in five states, starting at 11 a.m. in Florida and ending after 11 p.m. in Michigan.

With Michigan, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire on the final day's itinerary, Trump's schedule underscores his mission to dislodge one of the leaning-blue states from Clinton's expected haul. The current battleground map looks decidedly unfavorable to Trump: According to NBC, Trump could win all of the "tossup" states, and he would still fall short of the 270 electoral votes needed to secure the White House.

Clinton is scheduled to campaign on Monday in Pennsylvania and Michigan — states she's currently favored to win — as well as North Carolina, where polls are tight.


Trump's team has attempted to paint this scheduling decision as evidence that Clinton is on the defensive, but Clinton supporters emphasize that ensuring at least 270 electoral votes is the most important goal of the campaign — not running up the score with multiple tossup states.

Supporters and conservative media outlets have celebrated Trump's blistering campaign pace as a sign of drive and stamina, but the high-intensity schedule has also seen the GOP nominee running late to some events — a state of affairs which has reportedly rankled some voters.