Candidates across the US make final push before Election Day

2 NEWS Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON (WDTN) – Across the country, candidates are making their last push ahead of Election Day.

President Trump hit the road with three campaign stops Monday, as polls show a number of key races in a dead heat.

The number of early and absentee voters this year is already double what we saw in 2014, with both parties are scrambling to get those votes on their side.

In the hours before election day, voters are already breaking records, casting more than 35 million early ballots as both parties roll out big names, hoping to seal the deal.

Former President Obama lent what’s left of his voice after days on the campaign trail.

President Trump, embracing the midterms as a reflection of his popularity, saying, “A vote for Republicans is a vote to continue to our extraordinary prosperity – our extraordinary journey together!”

Monday, he campaigned in Ohio, Indiana, and Missouri: all states he won in 2016.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows 59 percent of voters want a major change in direction from President Trump, but even experts are skeptical of the polls in a midterm cycle unlike any other.

“You can’t rely on the way it once was in terms of turnout or registrants or much of anything else,” said Larry Sabato with the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.

Across the country, tight contests descending into bitter battles: In Georgia’s race for governor, Republican Brian Kemp – who also oversees elections as secretary of state – trading claims of voter hacking with Democrat Stacey Abrams.

“He’s abusing his power and he’s not fit to be the next leader of the state of Georgia,” Abrams said.

Kemp says, “I’m not worried about how it looks, I’m doing my job.”

One of dozens of races so tight it’s a virtual toss up, until the votes are counted.

And in fact, some of the races are so tight they could go into runoff, or some take longer to count, meaning in some places, this midterm cycle could drag well beyond Tuesday night.

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