Hillary Clinton ramped up her pressure on Donald Trump in the election's most competitive states Friday with an emotional TV ad targeting his criticism of a Muslim-American family.
"Win, lose or draw - and I'm nearly sure if the people come out we're going to win - I will be happy with myself. It's my choice", Trump said.
One problem, however: Trump didn't get the memo. "She'll be north of 350, and she's trending towards 400 ... and the trend line is taking place in very red states like Georgia, Texas and Arizona".
Legal, electoral and political experts, however, disagree somewhat on whether Trump is generally right to take a wait-and-see approach.
Bloomberg has rallied behind Clinton while Giuliani is one of Trump's most prominent campaign surrogates. "If you want to get Hillary elected, vote".
"My father is a guy who will fight", Trump said. "My wife Melania gives the exact same speech and people get on her case, and I don't get it!" he said to raucous applause.
First lady Michelle Obama was at the Phoenix Convention Center Thursday to deliver a speech in support of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. "Only way. We got to do it big".
"I think it's clear that Hillary Clinton has a chance to win Arizona just like her husband did 20 years ago", said Rodd McLeod, a Phoenix-based Democratic strategist who helped Clinton's campaign during the primary.
Trump's advisers and surrogates struggled to explain the candidate's position. "But I had a duty to concede, and I did so without reluctance", McCain said in a lengthy statement. "He retracted his concession". Priebus said Trump is merely preserving flexibility in the event of a contested result.
"I will look at it at the time", he said during the high-stake showdown in Las Vegas.
Obama knows firsthand Florida's history of close election results. I know him. I know where his head's at.
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Other Trump surrogates took a different interpretation. His resistance, threatening to undermine the essence of American democracy, was roundly rejected by fellow Republicans. "For example, here she is tonight in public, pretending not to hate Catholics", he said, to more gales of boos, referring to remarks Clinton communications manager Jennifer Palmieri made about Catholics in some of the hacked emails recently made public by Wikileaks. I guarantee you of that.
Democrats expressed dismay that the Republican nominee and his backers were advancing the idea of widespread voter fraud.
Vice President Joe Biden will campaign for Clinton in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Prominent Republican senators in tough reelection bids distanced themselves from Trump's posture. "If it's a fair outcome he will absolutely accept it, there's no question about it". Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said in a statement.
"They are trying to convince you that your vote doesn't matter that the outcome has already been determined and you shouldn't even bother to make your voice heard", she continued, adding that the US democracy is revered around the world and free elections are the best way to choose leaders. "A concession isn't just an exercise in graciousness".
Benjamin Ginsberg, a lawyer at Jones Day who has been national counsel for several Republican presidential campaigns, said Trump's stance puts the party in "quite a hard position".
IL and Iowa authorities say there are safeguards in place to ensure that the type of widespread election rigging Trump has warned about is virtually impossible.
Seated on either side of Cardinal Timothy Doland of NY at the swank Waldorf-Astoria hotel, the presidential hopefuls took turns making jests about themselves and each other, just one night after pummeling each other in a bruising final presidential debate.
He appeared a rally in Delaware, Ohio, speaking for the first time since the third and final debate on Wednesday.
"I'm curious to hear what a billionaire has to say", Clinton added -- an obvious dig at Trump who has not released his tax returns.
Mr Trump came under fire during the debate for suggesting that he might not accept the election's outcome.