Clinton's campaign enters the final stretch

  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, waves to the crowd during a campaign rally where she was joined by musicians Jon Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga, her husband, former president Bill Clinton, and their daughter Chelsea Clinton in Raleigh, N.C. on Nov. 8, 2016. 
  • The crowd reacts during a campaign rally with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, musicians Jon Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga, Clinton’s husband, former president Bill Clinton, and their daughter Chelsea Clinton in Raleigh, N.C. on Nov. 8, 2016. 
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles during a campaign rally with musicians Jon Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga, her husband, former president Bill Clinton, and their daughter Chelsea Clinton in Raleigh, N.C. on Nov. 8, 2016. 
  • Musicians Jon Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga, her husband, former president Bill Clinton, and their daughter Chelsea Clinton listen on during a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Raleigh, N.C. on Nov. 8, 2016.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stands with her daughter Chelsea Clinton during a campaign rally with musicians Jon Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga, and her husband, former president Bill Clinton in Raleigh, N.C. on Nov. 8, 2016.
  • A supporter gets emotional during a campaign rally with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, musicians Jon Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga, and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, and their daughter, Chelsea Clinton, in Raleigh, N.C. on Nov. 8, 2016.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, is joined on stage by first lady Michelle Obama, left, President Barack Obama, second from left, Chelsea Clinton, second from right, and former President Bill Clinton, right, after speaking at a rally at Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 7, 2016. 
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton us joined on stage by President Barack Obama after speaking at a rally at Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 7, 2016. It was reported that at least 33,000 people attended the rally, Clinton’s largest campaign event so far.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton us joined on stage by President Barack Obama after speaking at a rally at Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 7, 2016.
  • A young attendee is pictured during a campaign rally with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who was joined by President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, her husband President Bill Clinton and their daughter Chelsea Clinton, in Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 7, 2016.
  • President Barack Obama speaks at a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 7, 2016.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton boards her campaign plane at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Mich., Nov. 7, 2016.
  • Supporters of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton cheer during a campaign rally in Michigan on Nov. 7, 2016.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a selfie with an audience member’s phone at a campaign rally in Michigan on Nov. 7, 2016.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters during a campaign rally in Michigan on Nov. 7, 2016.
  • A young attendee smiles in the crowd during a campaign rally with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Michigan on Nov. 7, 2016.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles on stage during a campaign rally in Michigan on Nov. 7, 2016.
  • Supporters cheer during a campaign rally with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Michigan on Nov. 7, 2016.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves to supporters during a rally in Michigan on Nov. 7, 2016.
  • The motorcade for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is pictured on the way to a campaign rally in Michigan on Nov. 7, 2016.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is pictured on the way to a campaign rally in Michigan on Nov. 7, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton greets workers at the Westchester Airport on the last day of her campaign, Nov. 7, 2016. 
  • Hillary Clinton greets supporters at a rally at the Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh, Penn., Nov. 7, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton rallies a crowd of supporters at the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh, Penn., Nov. 7, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton rallies a crowd of supporters at the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh, Penn., Nov. 7, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton rallies a crowd of supporters at the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh, Penn., Nov. 7, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton rallies a crowd of supporters at the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh, Penn., Nov. 7, 2016.
  • The stage is prepped for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton ahead of a rally at the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh, Nov. 7, 2016. 
  • Hillary Clinton arrives for a rally at the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh, Penn., Nov. 7, 2016.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walks on stage followed by Khizr Khan, the father of fallen Army Capt. Humayun Khan, right,  at a rally at The Armory at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, N.H., Nov. 6, 2016.
  • Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listen and hold up signs during a rally at the Cleveland Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 6, 2016.
  • Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hold up signs during a rally at the Cleveland Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 6, 2016. 
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally at the Cleveland Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 6, 2016. 
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, accompanied by LeBron James, right, takes the stage at a rally at the Cleveland Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 6, 2016. 
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walks off her campaign plane at Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 6, 2016, 
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton claps alongside worshippers at Philadelphia’s Mount Airy Church of God in Christ, Nov. 6, 2016. 
  • A young women cries as she listens to Hillary Clinton campaign in Philadelphia, Penn., Nov. 5, 2016. 
  • Katie Perry joins Hillary Clinton onstage at a campaign rally at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, Penn., Nov. 5, 2016. 
  • Katie Perry joins Hillary Clinton onstage at a campaign rally at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, Penn., Nov. 5, 2016. 
  • Katie Perry joins Hillary Clinton onstage at a campaign rally at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, Penn., Nov. 5, 2016. 
  • Hillary Clinton supporters await the start of her rally at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, Penn., Nov. 5, 2016. 
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Pharrell Williams, and Sen. Bernie Sanders attend a Clinton rally in Raleigh, N.C. on Nov. 3, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigns in Greenville, N.C. on Nov. 3, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigns in Greenville, N.C. on Nov. 3, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigns in Greenville, N.C. on Nov. 3, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigns in Greenville, N.C. on Nov. 3, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigns in Greenville, N.C. on Nov. 3, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton makes a campaign stop with Pharrell Williams on the way to North Carolina Central University on Nov. 3, 2016.
  • A supporters attends a rally for Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Raleigh, N.C. on Nov. 3, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton takes a photo with a supporter and Pharrell Williams on the way to North Carolina Central University on Nov. 3, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigns in Greenville, N.C. on Nov. 3, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigns in Las Vegas, Nev. on Nov. 2, 2016.
  • An attendee watches Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigning in Las Vegas, Nev. on Nov. 2, 2016.
  • An attendee watches Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigning in Las Vegas, Nev. on Nov. 2, 2016.
  • Attendees watch Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigning in Las Vegas, Nev. on Nov. 2, 2016.
  • An attendee watches Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigning in Las Vegas, Nev. on Nov. 2, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigns in Las Vegas, Nev. on Nov. 2, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigns in Las Vegas, Nev. on Nov. 2, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigns in Las Vegas, Nev. on Nov. 2, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holds a rally at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. on Nov. 2, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holds a rally at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. on Nov. 2, 2016.
  • Rep. Gabby Giffords attends a rally for Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. on Nov. 2, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holds a rally at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. on Nov. 2, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holds a rally at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. on Nov. 2, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holds a rally at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. on Nov. 2, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigns in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Nov. 1, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigns in Dade City, Fla. on Nov. 1, 2016.
  • Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado introduces Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at a rally in Dade City, Fla. on Nov. 1, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigns in Dade City, Fla. on Nov. 1, 2016.
  • Supporters of Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton attend a rally in Sanford, Fla. on Nov. 1, 2016.
  • Supporters of Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton attend a rally in Sanford, Fla. on Nov. 1, 2016.
  • Supporters of Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump greet the motorcade of Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton outside her rally in Dade City, Fla. on Nov. 1, 2016.
  • Supporters of Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump greet the motorcade of Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton outside her rally in Dade City, Fla. on Nov. 1, 2016.
  • Supporters of Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump greet the motorcade of Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton outside her rally in Dade City, Fla. on Nov. 1, 2016.
  • Supporters of Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton attend a rally in Sanford, Fla. on Nov. 1, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigns in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Nov. 1, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigns in Sanford, Fla. on Nov. 1, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigns in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Nov. 1, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s plane lands near Tampa, Fla. on Nov. 1, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s plane flies over Tampa, Fla. on Nov. 1, 2016.

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Late Monday night and into the early hours of Election Day, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton flew to a midnight rally in North Carolina, where she ended a marathon day greeted by energetic supporters, including performers Lady Gaga and Jon Bon Jovi. This morning, Clinton flew back to Chappaqua, New York where she cast her own on Election Day vote.

Clinton’s final push in North Carolina was preceded by a Monday rally in Philadelphia which drew crowds of 33,000. With Jersey rock heroes Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi as warm-up acts, and former President Bill Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama looking on, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama rallied the largest crowd of her campaign to mark the end of one presidency and the beginning, they hope, of another.

Monday’s final sprint marked the end of a blitz on swing states. On Thursday, Clinton appeared alongside musician Pharrell Williams and Sen. Bernie Sanders in North Carolina, and with Jay Z in Ohio on Friday. With three different states on the schedule for just Friday, the campaign unleashed its most popular surrogates—most notably President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden—to cover ground the Democratic nominee can’t physically cover herself.

President Obama is spent three days on the trail, beginning on Wednesday in Chapel Hill, speaking at the University of North Carolina. On Thursday he moved on to Florida, where has rallied support in Miami and Jacksonville—two cities with the state’s largest African American communities—and among young voters, in an effort to target a demographic that has been slow to turn up for early voting.

Anne Hathaway on Wednesday appeared in Philadelphia, wearing a ‘Madame President’ t-shirt and leading the crowd at Bryn Mawr College in singing happy birthday to the former Secretary of State.

With both presidential campaigns straying from the traditionally optimistic tone of the last days in the race, Clinton and her small army are drilling into the shortcomings of Republican nominee Donald Trump.

For his part, President Obama on Thursday told Miami voters that “Anybody who suggests that America should torture people or ban entire religions from entering America or insults POWs or attacks a Gold Star mom … or talks down about our troops, that’s not somebody who’s fit to be president.”

“Anyone you can bait with a tweet is not someone you can trust with nuclear weapons,” he added.

The president was riding on a similar message Clinton imparted to voters in Tempe, Arizona in a Wednesday campaign stop.

“Just think for a few minutes,” she asked the crowd of supporters. “Imagine he is taking the oath of office,” Clinton said. “Imagine having a president who demeans women, mocks the disabled, insults Latinos, African-Americans, Muslims, POWs, who pits people against each other instead of pulling us together — someone with a very thin skin who lashes out at anyone who challenges him.” 

Fueled by their historically high unfavorable ratings, the candidates are fighting to remind voters of the opponents’ faults, hoping to energize their own supporters and sway any remaining undecided voters. 

While policy is speckled throughout her speeches, Clinton is ending her campaign with an emotional gut check. And her multi-million dollar campaign ad buys funded with the $153 million she had on hand as of Oct. 19 reinforce that theme. Behind images of melancholy children, veterans and women is Trump’s own voice, saying, “Military is a disaster. They’re bringing drugs; they’re rapists. Putting a wife to work is a very dangerous thing.”

Finally the words appear: “We are not him.”

But polls are tightening in battleground states, and Clinton’s and Trump’s schedules are similar, with the two even visiting the same states on the same days. Both were in North Carolina on Thursday and in Ohio and Pennsylvania on Friday. These three states — plus Florida — have been the most visited by both campaigns. If Clinton can stop Trump in these four states, the rest of the map may be within her grasp.

These photographs were shot on assignment by Mark Peterson for MSNBC Photography as part of his on-going body of work, Political Theatre” which looks at the landscape of the American political system, published by Steidl 2016.

 

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