Saturday marks the final weekend of the 2016 US Presidential election campaign — as both candidates have their eyes set on the key state of Florida ahead of Tuesday’s landmark vote.
Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be campaigning in Florida on Saturday, with Trump looking to secure votes in a state that is seen as a must-win for the Republican. Officials on both sides have acknowledged that a Trump victory would be virtually impossible if he fails to win in Florida and capture the 29 votes it represents in the electoral college. Candidates need 270 electoral college votes to win the presidency.
Real Clear Politics’ poll (seen below) puts the Democratic candidate ahead in Florida, while poll analysis website FiveThirtyEight says Trump has a 52.6% chance of winning the state. Early voting in the state has already exceeded those seen in the 2012 vote, which President Obama won by a margin of just 0.9% over Republican Mitt Romney.
After making appearances in South Florida, Clinton will head north to Philadelphia to host a concert featuring Katy Perry. Clinton hosted a star-studded concert at Cleveland’s Wolstein Center on Friday, which featured singer Beyoncé and rapper husband Jay-Z.
Clinton’s campaign has hosted a series of free concerts designed to drum up enthusiasm for her bid. Rocker Bon Jovi and R&B singer Ne-Yo rallied voters in North Carolina, while singer/actress Jennifer Lopez took the stage in Miami.
Trump told supporters on Friday that he could fill rallies “by himself,” saying he didn’t need the help of celebrities.
“I didn’t have to bring J-Lo or Jay-Z,” Trump told a crowded rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania. “I am here all by myself. Just me. No guitar, no piano, no nothing.”
Despite close polling at the national level, Trump’s chances at victory remain slim due to Democratic-leaning in several key swing states.
With files from Global News