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Salena Zito: Clinton Makes Plea for Critical Pennsylvania Vote

Salena Zito: Clinton Makes Plea for Critical Pennsylvania Vote

Hillary Clinton (AP Photo/Phil Long)

By    |   Monday, 07 November 2016 08:43 PM

PITTSBURGH — Hillary Clinton had a simple message for young people attending her rally in critically important Western Pennsylvania: If you face a long line, "please wait."

The former secretary of state pleaded with the crowd, saying voting Tuesday is a "vote for yourself, vote for your family, vote for your futures."

Clinton was speaking at the University of Pittsburgh on election eve, one of four stops of the day that included Michigan, North Carolina with a stop in between in Philadelphia. The City of Brotherly Love evening rally included President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, husband Bill, daughter Chelsea and musicians Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi.

"Tomorrow is the election, but that is just the beginning," she told her college audience, "We have to heal this country. We have to bring people together, to listen and respect each other."

Pennsylvania does not have early voting, with the polls closer than she expected, Clinton and her A-team of the Obama's, Biden and her family have been deployed to the state to seal the deal with voters in the must-win state for the Democrats.

Clinton called her rival Donald J. Trump's vision for America dark and divisive.

"Tomorrow you can vote for a hopeful, inclusive, big-hearted America," Clinton told supporters. "Our core values are being tested in this election."

Clinton's running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., spent the day barnstorming North Carolina and Virginia, while Vice President Joe Biden makes two stops in Florida, and former vice president and Democratic nominee Al Gore holds two events in Colorado.

Before her rally, Clinton told reporters the plan was to maximize their turnout operation everywhere.

"But I'm really, I'm really excited about having a chance to make all these stops [Monday]," Clinton said. 

Clinton received good news from the heavily Democrat-registered Philadelphia area Monday morning when it was announced the strike that halted public transportation in the city had ended. The strike had darkened subways, buses and trolleys that provide one million rides each weekday.

The long slog home caused many Democrats to worry about the turnout of the region where 22 percent of the entire state's vote is located.

As of Monday evening, FiveThirtyEight gave Clinton a 74.1 percent chance of winning Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes; the RealClear Politics average shows Clinton ahead of Trump by 1.9 points in the state.

The final NBC News battleground map shows the Democratic nominee with a comfortable lead over Trump, netting 274 electoral votes. Trump garners 170, with 94 votes in the toss up column.

Salena Zito covers national politics for Newsmax.

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