On a dramatic final day of the ugliest campaign in modern history, the candidates and their surrogates held nearly two dozen rallies, chased one another through swing states and made desperate last pleas to voters.
This is coming on a day the citizens of the United States will start to head to the polls to vote for the next president of the country.
The race is hotly contested between two main candidates, Democratic Party’s Hillary Clinton and Republican Party’s Donald Trump – while an independent contender, Gary Johnson of Libertarian Party is also in the race for the 45th president of the United States.
Trump and his rival Clinton made a combined nine stops in battleground states on Monday, to make their closing arguments to voters and energize their supporters.
Clinton embraced the legacy of President Barack Obama and talked about the importance of uniting the nation after the election, while Trump blasted his opponent as “the face of failure” and warned of “disaster” if he loses on Tuesday.
“We’ve got to heal our country, or, as the Bible says, ‘repair the breach,’ because we have so much divisiveness right now,” Clinton said in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “We’ve got to start listening to each other, respecting each other.”
Clinton was campaigning in several key states, making two stops in Pennsylvania and a stop in Michigan, before finishing the day with a midnight rally in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Trump was scheduled to make stops in Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Michigan.
The billionaire businessman presented himself as the face of change for Americans and struck a more familiar note by attacking the “corrupt” news media and a “rigged” system that favored Clinton.
“Hillary is the face of failure. She’s the face of failure,” Trump said at a rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
“They say we’re tied in Pennsylvania. I don’t think so. I think we’re going to blow them out tomorrow. Blow them out,” he added.
The optimism came shortly after Trump issued dark warnings for his supporters if he did not win the election.
“If we don’t win, I will consider this the single greatest waste of time, energy. . . and money,” he said at a campaign stop in Raleigh, North Carolina. “If we don’t win, honestly, we’ve all wasted our time.”
Trump also lambasted Clinton to the shouts of “She’s a demon!” and “She’s a witch!” from the rowdy crowd.
With only hours left before Election Day, the Clinton campaign was boosted by Sunday’s unexpected announcement by FBI DirectorJames Comey that the agency stood by its July decision not to press any criminal charges in an investigation of Clinton’s email practices while she was secretary of state.
Mrs Clinton was given a 90 percent chance of defeating Mr Trump, according to the finalReuters/Ipsos States of the Nation stats released last night.
If all recent polls are correct, she will become the first female president of the country tonight – the early hours of tomorrow morning UK time.
Meanwhile, Trump has urged his supporters to personally monitor polling stations for potential voting fraud, raising the spectre of clashes during the election