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Salena Zito: Trump Attempts to Turn Blue States Red

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By    |   Monday, 07 Nov 2016 07:30 AM

With the wind at the back of his candidacy, Republican Donald J. Trump took advantage of every grain of momentum of the polls closing in on Democrat Hillary Clinton's lead and spoke to boisterous Western Pennsylvania audience Sunday night with the hope he can turn their hunger for change into a win in the elusive state for Republicans.

The line to enter the event was over a mile long in suburban Pittsburgh where over 15,000 people inside and outside of the venue waited for Trump to speak on the eve of the eve of Tuesday's election.

Taking the stage at Atlantic Aviation next to Pittsburgh International Airport more than two hours late in the midst of multi-state swing, Trump greeted his crowd with, "We are, can you believe this, just two days away from the change we are waiting for."

Trump hit on the news that FBI Director James Comey's look through new emails linked to Clinton had found nothing criminal, then launched into the red-meat that energizes his voters: replacing Obamacare, renegotiating trade deals unfair to American workers and small businesses, rebuilding the military, protecting the Second Amendment, lowering taxes, securing the nation's borders, immigration and bringing back coal, manufacturing and steel jobs.

Trump knows that winning Pennsylvania would leave little doubt that he would be on his way to winning Tuesday evening.

Like Michigan, one of the other five states where he held rallies on Sunday, Trump sees both Rust Belt states as attainable despite their strong traditions of voting Democrat in presidential elections.

Both have large populations of working-class workers who are more traditional in their values than progressive coastal Democrats and who have also been impacted by a technology driven economy.

Clinton appears to be entering Tuesday with a slim lead over Trump. Sunday's NBC News and The Wall Street Journal showed her within a 4-point lead over him nationally.

On Monday she will be joined by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michele Obama, her daughter Chelsea and Bruce Springsteen for what is expected to be a massive rally in Philadelphia.

Clinton has spent her closing time with voters flanked by celebrities; husband and wife team Beyoncé and Jay-Z did a mini-concert for her to drum up the youth and black vote, so did Katy Perry and Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James separately.

Trump ended his evening in Virginia after spending Sunday traveling through Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan and Pennsylvania. "It's a marathon. Hillary right now is fast asleep... We'll call this the midnight special," he told the Leesburg crowd who waited for two hours.

In a conference call with reporters Kellyanne Conway, Trump's campaign manager, said "We've been expanding our map, and we are now competing in states where people wrote us off months ago."

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With the wind at the back of his candidacy, Republican Donald J. Trump took advantage of every grain of momentum of the polls closing in on Democrat Hillary Clinton's lead and spoke to boisterous Western Pennsylvania audience Sunday night...
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