Our next four years will be decided in a matter of hours. An election fraught with scandal, divisiveness, anger, and the personal attack comes to a close tonight with polls predicting a tight race between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump.
The two candidates ended Monday with dueling closing arguments -- Clinton appearing in swing-state Michigan while Trump visited Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire.
A once wide-open race tightened over the past two weeks when FBI Director James Comey announced the discovery of new emails found on the laptop of former Congressman Anthony Weiner.
The department wrote a letter to Congress describing the emails as “pertinent” to their investigation of the former Secretary of State’s use of a private email server.
Comey later admitted Sunday during a follow-up letter to Congress that those emails were either duplicates of ones they already had, or not relevant to their investigation, standing by their original decision not to recommend indictment.
Despite the false alarm, those actions created a swing of momentum in Trump’s favor, with national polls tightening to within a couple points, some polls even showing the real-estate mogul with a narrow lead over his rival.
The latest numbers from RealClearPolitics showed Clinton leading by an average of three points in nationwide polling, up 47.2 percent to Trump’s 44.2 percent.
It’s a much different story in Texas.
The historically red state was once seen as a battleground but is now looking like a sure bet for the Republican candidate. Trump has opened up a lead of 12 percentage points, based on averages from the most recent polls conducted around the state.
Early voting reached record numbers
Bexar County voters have been showing up in droves, shattering previous records for early voting.
According to the Bexar County Elections office, 436,731 votes were cast between Oct. 24 and Nov. 4, beating the previous record of 400,939 in 2008.
New voter registrations also peaked, particularly among women and millennials. Of all new voter registrations this year, 59 percent were people under the age of 35.
Bexar County also has a history of voting democratic. In 2012, Barack Obama beat Republican challenger Mitt Romney 51 percent to 47 percent. President Obama won by an even wider margin in 2008, beating opponent John McCain 52 percent to 47 percent.
Election fairness in question
More and more voters are expressing a lack of confidence in the political system as a whole, suggesting many may not accept the results of the election regardless of who wins.
According to a late-October poll from Pew Research, more than a third (35 percent) of voters said they have little or no confidence the election will be fair and open.
That is in part due to recent rhetoric from Trump calling the election “rigged” and suggesting his campaign may not accept the results should they lose. Indeed, 56 percent of Trump supporters said they have little or no confidence the election will be fair.
(© 2016 KENS)