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US Election: Live results - Clinton and Trump focus on swing state in final bitter hours

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By Claire Williamson

It has become the last big battleground as the race for the White House enters its final, dramatic hours.

The swing state of Michigan, in the heart of America's industrial belt, is seen as key to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's hopes of winning the presidency. And both were in town in a last-ditch bid to sway voters' minds. Each camp was focusing its efforts here on the last day of campaigning.

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President Obama kicked off Clinton's support yesterday as he addressed a rally in Ann Arbor, the state's sixth biggest city and home to around 110,000 people. Clinton kicked off her last day on the campaign trail, just a few hours after Obama made a whistle-stop visit to Michigan, before heading to Philadelphia where she met up with husband Bill and musician Bruce Springsteen.

Meanwhile, after visits to Florida, North Carolina and Philadelphia, Trump finished up back in Michigan with a rally in Grand Rapids. It was his second visit here in the space of 24 hours - underlining just how prized its 16 electoral college votes are. Traditionally a Democratic state, Michigan is one that Trump is keen to seize from Clinton's grasp. It last voted for a Republican presidential candidate in 1988. Despite arriving an hour late here on Sunday night, Trump was welcomed by deafening chants of his name from frenzied supporters. More than 7,000 people, all sporting Trump slogans, filled the Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights.

The crowd chanted 'build a wall' as they waited in line at the venue.

In his 40-minute speech he addressed the trade industry and promised jobs for workers while maintaining his promise to build a wall on the Mexico border. His rally came just hours after the FBI director said Hillary Clinton had been cleared of any criminality in the probe into her recent personal emails. However, Trump told the crowd: "Hillary Clinton is guilty.

"She knows it. The FBI knows it. The people know it. Now it's up to the American people to deliver justice at the ballot box on November 8."

He then slammed the media, which he alleged had rigged the election against him, prompting the crowd to boo and chant at reporters. He said the 2016 presidential election would be 'Brexit-plus' - referring to the EU Referendum vote in which the polls appeared close until the end, when the Leave vote clinched it.

Among those in the audience was 80-year-old Phillis Decker, who has been a lifelong Democrat until now, as she is voting for Trump.

She said: "I like that he wants to take America back to the way it used to be.

"I was a lifelong Democrat. We'll get back to the way it was and build a wall and get rid of Obamacare. Trump uses his own money, he doesn't take from anybody and tries to help everybody."

She added: "He doesn't have to do this, he's a rich man, but he wants to make America great again."

Janet Olsen at the Hillary Clinton rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan said: "I'm voting for her for women's rights and the future of our kids.

"It's for the next generation, we are done, the next generation will benefit from her.

"Donald says he wants to make America great again, is he looking to bring it back to the 50s when women had no rights, minorities really had no rights, it was just the men that had the rights."

Anna Perez said: "I don't want my kids watching Donald Trump on TV. The things he says is degrading to women and I don't want my kids growing up with that."

Meanwhile, Clinton, who has had superstars Jay Z and Beyonce among her backers at campaign rallies, told a crowd in Cleveland on Sunday that "anger" would not create jobs.

She said: "I want an America where everyone has a place, where everyone is included.

"And I know there is a lot of frustration, even anger, in this election season. I see it, I hear it, you know, I'm a subject of it. I get it.

"But anger is not a plan. Anger is not going to get us new jobs."

As night closed on Michigan, the last stop-off in a gruelling election, the campaigning was finally drawing to a close.

This election has been branded unprecedented.

Now it is in the hands of the American people as they cast their votes.

The world eagerly awaits their verdict.

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