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Election Day is nearly upon us. So where does the electoral map stand? It's a close race, with Hillary Clinton retaining a broad and consistent but shallow advantage, according to the final NPR Battleground Map.

Compared with a couple of weeks ago, when Clinton hit her peak lead, the race has tightened. So our map reflects that — almost all of the moves benefit Trump, though because of one potentially determinative move, Clinton still surpasses the 270 electoral votes needed to be president with just the states in which she's favored.

As Rep. Barbara Comstock marched in the Leesburg, Va., Halloween parade last week, she was trailed by massive trucks and buses decked out for Donald Trump.

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Today on "Political Rewind," entering the final days of the presidential election candidates continue to ramp up their travel schedules and pull out all the stops. The past seven days have provided a steady flow of leaks following FBI director James Comey's letter to Congress indicating further interest in Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. Our panel of political insiders and strategy experts analyze the effects this announcement has had on the campaign and how it has shifted strategies heading to Election Day.

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Democrat Brenda Lopez is poised to become the first Latina elected to the Georgia General Assembly. An attorney and immigrant, she’s running unopposed in Tuesday’s election to represent House District 99, which includes the Norcross area of Gwinnett County. 

We talk with Lopez about her groundbreaking candidacy and her vision for the district and Georgia as a whole. 

Georgia Voters To Decide If Judicial Watchdog Needs Overhaul

Nov 4, 2016

The actions of Georgia's judicial watchdog have led to the departure of more than five dozen judges over the past decade for such transgressions as sexual assault, writing racist notes and pointing a gun at people in court. While few would disagree that those judges needed to go, voters will decide Tuesday whether the watchdog itself needs watching.

The presidential election looks very different from the heights of the economy than it does from its depths.

In North Carolina, rural Bertie County, the poorest in the state, and tech hub Wake County, the most prosperous, are less than two hours apart by car in this important presidential swing state. And yet they could almost be on opposite sides of the world. Charlotte Gilliam, a resident of Bertie, says the difference between there and Wake is "from here to China."

There is a lot of generational shaming going around this election season, and it's not all entirely accurate, so we're here with a handy Millennial FAQ to answer your questions about this much discussed generation — as well as what role it has played this campaign and could play on Tuesday night.

First, who are millennials?

There are different definitions of millennials. But broadly speaking, it's a label for people in their 20s into their early 30s.

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No matter who wins the presidential election on Tuesday, it's nearly certain Congress will be more narrowly divided come January.

And with no clear mandate likely coming out of 2016, there is little reason to be overly optimistic that the next Congress can escape the cycle of unproductivity and polarization that has gripped Washington in recent years.


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With little chance of a Democratic House takeover in the 2016 election, the two likeliest scenarios are:

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Rep. John Lewis Stumps For Hillary Clinton

Nov 4, 2016

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And now let's hear from a Democrat, Representative John Lewis of Georgia, who's known for his work during the civil rights movement and is now focused on bringing out the African-American vote, if he can, for Hillary Clinton.

Congressman, welcome back to the program.

Jenn Stanley tries not to bring up politics when she returns home to visit her father. She really, really tries.

"But you always watch the 5 o'clock news, and the minute any politician steps on — it doesn't matter who it is — I just cringe."

Bus route 61 in Milwaukee, Wisc., cuts through political lines in a hotly contested swing state. It travels from liberal Milwaukee through to Waukesha County, one of the most conservative in the state.

The bus route was first established to help residents in central city neighborhoods get jobs, mainly retail positions in the suburbs. For Breanna Jordan , a 24-year-old living in Milwaukee, her livelihood depends on bus route 61. She works at a Walmart in Menomonee Falls, an hour and a half bus ride each way.

Moving To Canada, Eh? Or Maybe Ireland?

Nov 3, 2016

It seems every four years, Americans threaten to move to Canada if their preferred presidential candidate isn't elected. But with two of the most unpopular candidates in history on the ballot, 2016 might be the year some people actually go through with it.

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The Safe Harbor Act is one of the four amendments Georgians will be voting on in next Tuesday's election.

If it passes, the state will impose additional fees on those convicted of certain sex trafficking crimes, as well as adult entertainment establishments. That money will fund treatment and resources for victims of child sex trafficking.

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The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into the vandalizing and burning of a black church in Mississippi. "Vote Trump" had been spray-painted on a wall.

Local authorities are still searching for the person or people responsible for the fire, which they have identified as an arson.

"When firefighters arrived at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church Tuesday night, they found it in flames, and the 'Vote Trump' slogan written in silver spray paint on the outside wall of the church," Mark Rigsby of Mississippi Public Broadcasting reports.

Americans will decide more than 150 state ballot measures on Tuesday — up slightly from two years ago. That puts a lot of pressure on voters to study up on everything from marijuana legalization to gun control to the death penalty.

Californians in particular have a lot of homework to do. With 17 measures, their state has the longest ballot in the country this year. On top of that, there are 650 local measures around the state to decide on.

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It's been quite an election for the media. Donald Trump attacked the media again yesterday, calling out an NBC reporter by name.

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With Election Day less than a week off, we're hearing the closing arguments that the candidates are making. Yesterday we heard from a Trump campaign official, and now we're joined by Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook. Welcome to the program.

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Atlanta Area Movie Theaters To Broadcast Election Night Results

Nov 2, 2016
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If you like politics and popcorn, you're in luck. Ballots and butter will collide Nov. 8 when AMC Theatres and CNN will broadcast the presidential election on the big screen at 50 theaters in 25 cities nationwide.

Audience members can choose between "red" and "blue" locations, depending on party preference. In Atlanta, Democrats should head to Morrow, while Republicans head to Cumming. 

The broadcast, which will also include major national, state and local elections, will begin at 7 p.m. Eastern.

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