Donald Trump Vows to Sue Sexual Assault Accusers, Speaks on Plan for First 100 Days in Office

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump kicked off a speech Saturday in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, about his plan for his first 100 days as president by announcing that he will after the election sue every woman who has accused him of sexual assault.

"Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign. Total fabrication," the Republican presidential nominee said. "The [alleged] events never happened. Never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over."

Trump also launched attacks on the "dishonest" media, the "rigged" political system and his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. He questioned why Clinton was even allowed to run due to her handling of emails as secretary of state.

"The system is also rigged because Hillary Clinton should have been precluded from running for the presidency of the United States, but the FBI and the Justice Department covered up her crimes," Trump said.

Referring to the proposed mega deal for AT&T to buy Time Warner, the GOP nominee decried the concentration of ownership of the country's media in the hands of "too few."

The nation's mainstream media is "corrupt," Trump said. "They lie and fabricate stories to make a candidate that is not their preferred choice look as bad and even dangerous as possible. They're trying to poison the mind of the American voter."

Trump then laid out some plans for his first 100 days in office if elected, including pledging to deport millions of what he called "criminal illegal aliens," who are "drug dealers" and "killers.".

The real estate developer also reiterated his vows to get rid of Obamacare.

He delivered the speech in the historic town near where President Abraham Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address in 1863.

"President Lincoln served in a time of division like we have never seen before," Trump said. Now also, he said, "We are a very divided nation."

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Early Voting Shows Some Positive Signs for Clinton in Florida, for Trump in Ohio, Iowa

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- With little more than two weeks before Election Day, early-voting data shows some positive signs for Hillary Clinton in Florida and for Donald Trump in parts of the Midwest.

Approximately 4.9 million people have cast ballots under early voting that has begun in more than half of the states, including major states such as Florida, Ohio, Iowa, North Carolina, Georgia, Arizona and Colorado.

The actual vote tallies won't be available till Election Day but some information is available on the party registration of those casting or requesting early or absentee ballots.

Experts told ABC News that positive trends are starting to emerge for Clinton in Florida and for Trump in Ohio and Iowa.

In Florida, Republicans typically outperform Democrats in mail-in votes, but this year Democrats may be narrowing that gap and earlier this week were even ahead in the number of mailed ballots cast by voters registered with their party.

Registered Republicans had by Friday taken the lead on mail-in votes in Florida but only by about 5,800 votes, a number that pleases the state's Democratic Party.

“The Florida Democratic Party has successfully eliminated the historic Republican advantage in vote-by-mail,” state Democratic Party Executive Director Scott Arceneaux said in a statement. "We look forward to building on this momentum as we head into the beginning of early voting and Election Day.”

Elections expert Michael McDonald told ABC News that if registered Republicans fail to take a significant lead in mail-in votes in Florida, they are likely to fall further behind with in-person voting on Election Day. Currently, Republicans have a lead of less than 1 percent.

Early voting is showing more hopeful signs for Republicans in parts of the Midwest.

In Iowa, Democrats typically make more requests for absentee ballots while Republicans show up in greater numbers at the polls on Election Day.

This year, about 30,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans have asked for absentee ballots, a margin that is down 20 percent since the 2012 election, according to data provided by the Iowa Secretary of State. The number of GOP voters making ballot requests is pretty much the same as in 2012.

“We’re seeing a countervailing turn in the Midwest,” McDonald told ABC News. “Trump is outperforming Romney in 2012, even as the national numbers and the [early voting] numbers in the states where we are able to get data are moving in Clinton’s direction.”

In Ohio, the state doesn't release early-vote figures by party registration, but overall absentee ballot requests are down to 1.1 million as of Oct. 17 compared to 1.4 million at this point in 2012.

McDonald said the decline in absentee ballot requests in Ohio suggests that Democrats are underperforming, particularly in Franklin and Cuyahoga counties, two urban areas that went for Obama in 2012. In Cuyahoga County, for example, the number of ballot requests from registered Democrats was as of Oct. 18 forty percent lower than at the same point in 2012.

McDonald cautioned that some external factors could contribute to the decrease, such as a change in how Ohio distributes absentee ballot forms. But, he said, “If you’re not doing well in Cuyahoga, you’re doing something wrong.”

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Bill Murray Crashes White House Press Briefing

ABC News(WASHINGTON) --  White House press secretary Josh Earnest was apparently the opening act for Bill Murray on Friday, after the comedian crashed the press room and took to the podium after Earnest concluded his daily briefing.

Wearing a Chicago Cubs sweater, the Illinois native -- who was jokingly addressed as "Mr. President" by a reporter -- was asked if he believed that his beloved Cubs would defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend and advance to -- and ultimately win -- the World Series for the first time since 1945.

"I feel very confident that [Dodgers' Game 6 starter] Clayton Kershaw is a great, great pitcher but we got too many sticks, we got too many sticks," Murray said. "At home with our crowd, the weather ... we also have a little bit of autumn in Chicago, you don't get that in Los Angeles. Trees just die in Los Angeles; in Illinois they flourish."

Murray, who is in Washington to accept the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday, was at the White House to meet with President Barack Obama.

Following Murray's visit to the press room, his buddy Bryan Cranston tweeted, "Proof positive. Cubs surrogate @BillMurray inside the White House! The NLCS [National League Championship Series] is rigged! If the #crookedcubs win the series I will not concede."

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Inside President Obama's Final White House Concert

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) --  Guests at President Obama's final concert at the White House had to go through three security checkpoints and then take the low-tech step of placing their cellphones in brown paper bags that would be returned to them at the end of the night.

No one questioned the security precaution that would remove their ability to post on Twitter, Facebook or SnapChat about the concert.

Rather the guests, some dressed in floor-length formal gowns and others in their cocktail best, moved onto green and orange trolleys that headed slowly for the South Lawn.

A white tent had been constructed for the evening's concert, which will be broadcast on BET on Nov. 15.

A six-page program for the event, titled "Love and Happiness," was placed on gold Chiavari chairs for guests to shed light on just who would be gracing the stage: Usher, Jill Scott, Michelle Williams, Yolanda Adams, Janelle Monae and even R&B throwback group, Bel Biv Devoe.

And most interestingly -- historically speaking -- rap acts were also on the program, including Common, The Roots, and De La Soul.

Hip-hop and the government have had a tumultuous history. The genre that birthed songs such as "Fight the Power" and "911 Is a Joke" seems to have irritated federal agencies from it's very inception during the 1970s.

By the 1980s, hip-hop was labeled as anti-government and drew the ire of the then FBI Assistant Director Mitch Ahlerich, who famously sent a letter to N.W.A. for their 1988 hit, "F--- the Police."

And by 1992, Ice-T's "Cop Killer" drew the criticism from President George H.W. Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle. That same year, Quayle claimed Tupac's debut album "2Pacalyse Now" was responsible for the death of a Texas state trooper, adding that it had "no place in our society."

Times change.

At the height of the White House concert Friday night, The Roots crew brought so many rappers on stage, they seemed to bump into each other with delight. Common, De La Soul and Roots' frontman, Black Thought, all spit their syncopated rhymes into their microphones for President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, who spent a large part of the event on their feet dancing.

"Say it loud," one member of De La Soul instructed.

"I'm black and I'm proud," the guests responded, without prompting.

"Say it loud!"

"I'm black and I'm proud."

Obama closed the evening by pointing to comedian Dave Chappelle, who sat in the audience with his wife.

"Dave, you have your own block party!" the president said. "This is my block party."

And it seemed that everyone laughed.

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Clinton's Brooklyn Campaign HQ Evacuated After Suspicious Substance Discovered in Letter

ABC News(NEW YORK) --  Hillary Clinton's campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, were evacuated Friday night after a pair of interns discovered a suspicious substance inside a letter, police have confirmed.

The substance has not yet been determined, but it has been deemed not hazardous, since there have been no reports of illness nor any complaints from anyone exposed, the NYPD confirmed to WABC-TV.

Four people were exposed to the substance, which was contained in a standard No. 10 envelope, the NYPD said.

The NYPD confirmed to ABC News that two interns discovered the suspicious substance in an envelope at 5:30 p.m. in Clinton's Manhattan office. The interns then brought the letter to the 11th floor of the campaign's 80,000-square-foot Brooklyn headquarters, located in the borough's Brooklyn Heights neighborhood.

Clinton was not present at the office, according to the NYPD.

The investigation is ongoing.

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President Obama Talks Airline Industry Reform in Weekly Address

White House(WASHINGTON) -- As President Obama prepares to lose access to Air Force One, he dedicated his weekly address to discussing the problems -- and some solutions his administration has introduced -- to ease the hassle of air travel.

"I’m going to be honest with you – one of the best parts of being President is having your own plane.  And I’m going to miss it.  A lot," the president confessed in his weekly address. "Because up until I ran for this office, I was mostly flying coach.  So I know what a pain the whole process can be."

The president goes on to discuss proposals to refund baggage fees for customers with severely delayed bags, protections for disabled travelers, and increased transparency for online ticket platforms.

Read the president's full address:

Hi everybody.  I’m going to be honest with you – one of the best parts of being President is having your own plane.  And I’m going to miss it.  A lot.  Because up until I ran for this office, I was mostly flying coach.  So I know what a pain the whole process can be – from searching for the best prices to that feeling you get when the baggage carousel stops and yours still hasn’t come out. 
Now, our airlines employ a lot of hardworking folks – from pilots and flight attendants to ticket agents and baggage handlers – who take pride in getting us to our destinations safely, and on time.  They do good work, and we’re proud of them.  But I think we all know that the system can work a little better for everybody.
That’s why, over the last eight years, my Administration has taken some commonsense steps to do just that.  We’ve put in place rules that virtually eliminated excessive delays on the tarmac.  We’ve required airlines to grant travelers more flexibility on cancellations; to provide refunds to anyone who cancels within 24 hours of purchase; and to give you better compensation if you got bumped off your flight because it was oversold. 
And this week, I was proud to build on that progress with even more actions to save you money, create more competition in the marketplace, and make sure that you’re getting what you pay for. 
First, we’re proposing refunds for anyone whose bag is delayed – because you shouldn’t have to pay extra for a service you don’t even receive.  Second, we’re requiring airlines to report more information on things like how likely it is that you’ll lose your luggage or reach your destination on time.  Third, we’re providing more protections for travelers with disabilities.  And finally, we’re ramping up transparency requirements for online ticket platforms – so sites can’t privilege one airline over another without you knowing about it. 
All of this should help you make better decisions for yourselves and your families – and hopefully avoid a few headaches, too.  It’s another example of how government can be a force for good – standing up for consumers; ensuring businesses compete fairly to give you the best services at the best prices; and making sure everyday Americans have a voice in the conversation – not just corporate shareholders.  That’s what this is all about – taking steps, big and small, that can make your life a little bit better. 
Thanks everybody.  Have a great weekend.  

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The Longshot Path for Donald Trump to Win 270 Electoral Votes

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump’s path to the White House is fading fast.

With national polls showing Hillary Clinton growing her lead and Trump losing his grip on traditionally red states, Clinton looks likely to prevail on Election Day.

The Democratic nominee’s path to 270 electoral votes has room to spare; Clinton can afford to lose classic battlegrounds like Ohio and Florida as long as she holds onto light blue states like Pennsylvania and Colorado.

An ABC News analysis out Friday estimates Clinton is already poised to win at least 300 electoral votes –- even if Donald Trump wins every toss-up state.

Still, a very narrow four-step path to the GOP nominee's victory remains. But it won't be easy since Clinton threatens to disrupt this road at every turn, running even in the polls with Trump in must-win states like North Carolina, Ohio and Florida.

Even one wrong move would hand the White House to the Democrats for a third consecutive term. Trump must take all these steps in order to win the White House:

1. Retain Every State Mitt Romney Won in 2012

First, Donald Trump must hold every state that Mitt Romney won in 2012. This includes traditionally red states like Arizona and Georgia, where Bill Clinton won in 1996. In those states, Clinton has pushed the race so close that she is within the margin of error, according to recent polls.

In Utah, independent candidate Evan McMullin threatens to siphon off Mormon votes and win the state outright. But the most challenging state for Trump to hold might be North Carolina, where Mitt Romney won by just 2 percentage points in 2012 and a recent poll from CNN/ORC showed Clinton with 48 percent vs. 47 percent for Trump.

2. Win Ohio

No Republican candidate has won the White House without the state of Ohio. Indeed, Donald Trump must win the state, as well, to have a chance at the presidency. Early voting returns have shown encouraging signs for Trump, with fewer Democrats in the Buckeye State requesting absentee ballots this year than in 2012. Recent polling has shown Trump’s slim lead from late September fading away: A NBC/WSJ/Marist poll showed him with 42 percent vs. 41 percent for Clinton. Another poll from Quinnipiac University showed the race tied at 45 percent each.

3. Win Florida

Florida may be the best firewall for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Two Quinnipiac University polls from the last three weeks have shown Clinton with a slim lead in Florida. Donald Trump hasn’t held a statistically-significant lead in a poll since July.

Early voting numbers look good for Clinton: they’ve cut their mail-in ballot deficit in half this year compared to 2012, according to early data.

"Certainly, the Clinton campaign feels very good about where they are with the mail-in ballot," election expert Michael McDonald told ABC News. Without a win in the Sunshine State, Donald Trump’s path to 270 electoral votes is virtually impossible.

4. Choose His Own Adventure: 17 More Electoral Votes

Even if Donald Trump makes it this far successfully, he still has to find another 17 electoral votes –- and his options are scarce. In all of the options, he trails significantly in the polls. Nonetheless, he’ll need one of these to happen in order to win. Here are the three best possibilities:

Win Pennsylvania. The population of working-class white voters in Pennsylvania seemed to present a good opportunity for Trump to take the state. But despite campaign stops and a last-minute flood of television advertising dollars, a recent poll from Bloomberg Politics shows Clinton with a 9-point lead. The state’s 20 electoral votes would be enough to push Trump across the finish line on its own. However, Pennsylvania hasn’t gone red since 1988.

The Small State Combination. A perfect combination of states with fewer electoral votes could also place Trump in the White House. Victories in all of the small states in play -- including Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and the second Congressional district of Maine -- would give Trump exactly 270 electoral votes. And although Iowa and Nevada appear within reach, a WMUR/UNH poll shows New Hampshire is leaning toward Clinton -- she’s ahead by a whopping 15 percentage points.

Wildcard State. Several other combinations, though very unlikely, exist to push Trump across the finish line. Winning just one unexpected state could push Trump over the top. However, recent polling in light blue states like Wisconsin, Virginia, Michigan and Colorado show little doubt that they will land in Clinton’s column. In addition, Trump hasn’t spent significant time or resources in these states.

The wildcard options include: 1) winning Wisconsin, the second Congressional district of Maine, plus either Nevada or Iowa 2) winning Virginia and either Nevada or Iowa or New Hampshire 3) winning Michigan and the second congressional district of Maine and 4) winning Colorado, Iowa and either Nevada or New Hampshire.

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Hillary Clinton Leads Donald Trump in ABC News' Electoral Ratings Before Tough Battleground Contests

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is maintaining a decided advantage in the Electoral College this November, strengthening her grip around states tipping her way while forcing Republican nominee Donald Trump to defend a handful of typical GOP strongholds.

But a narrow path still exists for Trump. Toss-ups in North Carolina and Ohio — as well as optimism that states like Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida might tip back into play -- leave supporters hopeful.

So ABC News dug through states’ voting history, demographic shifts and head-to-head polling to develop these electoral ratings. ABC News’ puts Clinton at 307 electoral votes and Trump at 180, when including both solid and leaning states, which would give Clinton enough states right now in the solid and lean blue columns to hand her the White House. Fifty-one electoral votes are in toss-up states.

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Still, this election cycle has shown that this race can be unpredictable, and Trump has vowed to shake up the traditional map and put several blue states in play. A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win the White House.

Solid Democratic

Despite Trump’s hopes of putting New York’s 29 electoral votes in play this election, the Empire State would be expected to pull for Clinton, along with other reliably liberal-leaning swaths of the mid-Atlantic. Most of the rest of the historically liberal Northeast would likely remain solidly Democratic in November. In the Midwest, Minnesota and Illinois would likely deliver Clinton a combined 30 electoral votes.

California, which boasts the largest share of electoral votes, at 55, has not voted Republican since George H.W. Bush in 1988. Recent polling there shows Clinton leading Trump by double digits, keeping the Golden State safely in the Democratic column, along with Oregon and Washington. New Mexico is predicted to vote Democratic for the third consecutive presidential election.

Leaning Democratic

More states across the Mountain West and Rust Belt would give Clinton another 75 electoral votes, but Trump is hopeful that he could pick off at least of one them. Colorado voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, and growing Hispanic populations in both states may keep these states in the blue column for good.

Florida and New Hampshire polling has shown the state leaning Hillary Clinton's way, creating a firewall that would push the Democratic nominee over 300 electoral votes.

Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania are usually reliably Democratic states, but Trump’s popularity among working-class whites may put these states in play. A win would be an upset for Trump: Democrats have won every presidential race in Michigan and Pennsylvania since 1992 and Wisconsin since 1988.

Virginia, home to Democratic vice-presidential pick Tim Kaine, is also expected to tip toward Clinton, having voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012. New Hampshire polling also shows a Hillary Clinton advantage there. And polling in Maine, another classic Democratic state, has shown the state's at-large electoral votes could be up for grabs.


Four toss-up states, worth 51 electoral votes, could tip the election Clinton’s way, as Trump would likely need to win nearly all those states in order to reach the White House. Ohio will be one of the key states to watch: The Buckeye State has voted for the winner of the White House every year since 1960.

Other toss-up states this year include large electoral vote prizes like North Carolina, which was decided by just a few percentage points in the 2012 election. Utah and Arizona also have joined the ranks of toss-up states - though Arizona hasn't gone blue since 1996 and Utah hasn't gone blue in decades.

Leaning Republican

Georgia has voted for the Republican nominee in seven of the last eight presidential elections, but white voters are quickly making up a smaller proportion of active registered voters in the state. White voters made up 68 percent of registered voters in 2004, but they now make up only 58 percent of registered voters, according to data from the Pew Research Center.

Polling in Iowa also shows Trump with a slight advantage there, mostly thanks to an overwhelmingly white electorate. Nebraska's Second Congressional district, which Obama won in 2008, is also showing signs it could tip Hillary Clinton's way in 2016.

Solid Republican

The bulk of Trump’s electoral votes would likely come from historically Republican portions of the Great Plains, West and Midwest, as well as the Bible Belt, which stretches from South Carolina to Texas and boasts large numbers of evangelical Christian and social conservative voters.

West Virginia, which has seen unemployment levels rise under Obama, is expected to vote Republican for the fifth presidential election in a row, as is Alaska, which has not voted for a Democrat since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

Ratings Changes

Oct. 21:

Florida from Tossup to Leans Democratic. Florida has been seen as a must-win for Trump, so this shift makes the Republican nominee's shrinking path even narrower. The latest Quinnipiac poll out this week shows Clinton leading Trump by 4 points in the Sunshine State, which went for Obama in 2012 and 2008. Nevada from Tossup to Leans Democratic. The state has voted with the overall winner of the presidential election since 1980 and campaign officials there feel that the state is tipping toward the Democrats. Utah from Leans Republican to Tossup. Independent candidate Evan McMullin’s rapidly growing popularity in the state, especially among Mormon voters who are defecting from Donald Trump, threatens to siphon votes from the GOP nominee – increasing the odds that Hillary Clinton edges ahead or McMullin wins the state outright. Arizona from Leans Republican to Tossup. Clinton has put once-reliably red Arizona in play, a state that hasn't voted for a Democrat since Bill Clinton in 1996. Michelle Obama and Bernie Sanders campaigned there this week in hopes of galvanizing Democratic support, particularly among the state's growing number of Latino and young voters.

Oct. 14:

There is only one change to the ABC presidential race ratings this week. Utah, which changed in August from "Solid Republican" to "Leans Republican" before returning to "Solid Republican," is once again being downgraded to "Leans Republican." Utah's large religious population expressed dismay over last week's release of a video clip showing Trump making derogatory comments about women and third party candidates such as Gary Johnson and Evan McMullin could siphon votes away from Trump.

Oct. 7:

ABC News is now rating Maine's first congressional district for the first time: "Solid Democratic." While Clinton holds a solid lead in CD-1, the race in the second congressional district is still a "Tossup." The state's two electoral at-large votes continue to be rated "Leans Democratic."

Sept. 2:

ABC News changed New Hampshire from "Tossup" to "Leans Democratic" and Nevada from "Leans Democratic" to "Tossup." New polling from WMUR/UNH shows Hillary Clinton with a nine-point lead in the Granite State, which hasn't voted Republican since 2000. And Hillary Clinton's campaign continues to dump big television advertising dollars into Nevada - second only to Ohio in the most dollars per electoral vote - showing that state very much up for grabs.

Aug. 30:

ABC News changed Maine's rating from "Solid Democratic" to "Leans Democratic," the state's second congressional district from "Leans Democratic" to "Tossup," and Missouri from "Leans Republican" to "Solid Republican."

Maine Recent polling in Maine has shown a competitive race. Maine could split its electoral votes for the first time - with two votes going to the state's overall winner and one to the winner of each of the two Congressional districts. A new poll from Press Herald/UNH shows Clinton and Trump within the margin of error, with Trump leading by 14 percentage points in the state's more rural second Congressional district. Still, the state hasn't gone red in 1988.

Missouri While the race for the U.S. Senate remains competitive in Missouri, the presidential race there has tipped back toward Republican nominee Donald Trump. The state has gone blue only twice in the last four decades - both times for Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996. Still, Mitt Romney won the state by a wide 10 percentage points in 2012 and Clinton's campaign and super PAC have not invested time or resources there.

Aug. 22:

ABC News changed Iowa from "Tossup" to "Leans Republican" and Utah from "Leans Republican" to "Solid Republican." It also rated the second Congressional District in Maine as "Leans Democratic" and the second Congressional district in Nebraska as "Leans Republican."

Aug. 12:

ABC News changed Utah from "Solid Republican" to "Lean Republican" and Virginia from "Tossup" to "Lean Democratic."

Virginia Recent polling and other changes in the race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton show that Virginia, once a tossup state, is leaning Democratic. Virginia, historically a battleground state, last awarded its votes in the Electoral College to a Republican in 2004. For the past four election cycles, Virginia has cast its votes in the Electoral College for the eventual winner of the presidential race. In new NBC/WSJ/Marist poll out today, Clinton’s lead over Trump widened since last month, with 46 percent of voters going for Clinton and only 33 percent saying that they would vote for Trump. Clinton’s recent selection of Tim Kaine as her running mate strengthens her position in Virginia. Kaine, a former governor of Virginia and the state’s current senator, is a popular figure in the Old Dominion. All signs show a state leaning towards voting for a Democrat in the White House once again.

Utah Trump is still favored to win Utah, but it won’t be as easy a lift as previous GOP nominees. Clinton has signaled she wants to play in the state, penning an opinion piece in the Deseret News this week. “Every day, Trump continues to prove he lacks the morals to be our commander-in-chief,” she wrote, appealing to deeply-religious Mormons who make up a crucial voting bloc in Utah. With prominent players like Mitt Romney still sitting on the sidelines, the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and new conservative candidacy of former CIA operative Evan McMullin threaten to strip some support from Trump. Still, Utah has voted for a Republican in every presidential election in the last 50 years, including delivering a sweeping 73-25 percent victory for Mitt Romney in 2012.

June 17:

ABC News changed Missouri from "Solid Republican" to "Lean Republican" and Arizona from "Solid Republican" to "Lean Republican."

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Hillary Clinton Makes Pitch to Undecided Voters 'Reconsidering' Trump 

Earl Gibson III/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- In these final days, Hillary Clinton is making a direct pitch to the undecided voters who may be turned off by Donald Trump.

During a rally in Cleveland Friday, the Democratic presidential nominee reached out to people she said may be "reconsidering" her opponent.

"I wanna say something to people who may be reconsidering their support for my opponent," she told the crowd. "I know you may still have questions for me, I respect that, I want to answer them, I wanna earn your vote."

She added that she is "reaching out to all Americans: Republicans, Democrats and Independents."

"I think America needs every single one of us to bring our energy, our talents, ambition to build that better country," she said.

These comments appear to be part of an overall strategy by her campaign.

Talking to reporters ahead of the last presidential debate on Wednesday night, Clinton's communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, explained that Clinton's focus at the debate and in these final weeks would be to win over those voters who have been turned off by Trump in recent weeks.

They believe there are a chunk of voters who changed their mind about voting for Trump after leaked audio was released showing him speaking in a vulgar way about women -- and the campaign hopes to tap in to that.

This effort also comes as the campaign continues to expand their battleground state map to include traditionally Red states like Arizona and Utah.

Aides say they no longer want to just want to win the race -- they want to win big.

"I hope that as we move through these next 18 days everyone thinks seriously about what you really want to see, not just in your next president, but in your lives, in your jobs, in your education, in our future together," Clinton said Friday, her first rally since the last debate. "And the only way we can have that positive optimistic unifying future is if all of you help us get there."

During the rally, the Democratic nominee also went after Trump for his accusation that the election is "rigged" and for refusing to say he will accept the outcome of the election.

"Make no mistake," Clinton explained, "By doing that, he is threatening our democracy."

"Look, if you lose an election, I’ve lost elections, you don’t feel very good the next day, do you? But we know in our country the difference between leadership and dictatorship, right?" she added as the crowd cheered.

The state is one that the campaign up until recently felt unsure about. Now, however, they feel their chances of winning are improving.

"Right now, the wind is at our back's in Ohio," Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon told reporters Friday.

Clinton herself continued with a line of attack she has used often in the Rust Belt states of Ohio and Pennsylvania, as they try to win over white, working class voters.

Going after Trump for outsourcing and for having his businesses use steel from overseas she said: "He has put Chinese steel workers to work, not American steel workers, and we're going to change that."

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ABC News Race Ratings Show Tight Race for Control of US Senate

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- With several vulnerable Republican seats up for grabs in the U.S. Senate in the 2016 election, the two major parties are locked in a tight battle for control of Congress’ upper chamber this November.

ABC News ratings show control of the Senate will be a close contest in November: Republicans will likely finish with at least 47 seats and Democrats likely 47 seats -- with the six remaining seats rated as pure toss-ups that could go either direction.

Many of the seats the GOP won during the 2010 Tea Party wave are now up for re-election, so holding onto its 54-seat Republican majority was always going to be a tall order for the GOP.

But with competitive seats in battleground states like Florida and Ohio leaning red and seats in states like Pennsylvania and New Hampshire remaining tight, control of the chamber is very much in question headed into the final weeks of the campaign.

Only one-third of the seats in the Senate come up for election every two years, so 30 Republican seats and 36 Democratic seats are safe from re-election in 2016.

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Fourteen seats are rated Solid Republican vs. nine seats that are Solid Democratic. Another three seats are Lean Republican, two seats are Lean Democratic and six are pure toss-ups.

Solid Republican Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah.

Leans Republican Arizona, Florida, Ohio.

Tossup Indiana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Missouri, Pennsylvania.

Leans Democratic Illinois, Wisconsin.

Solid Democratic California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington.

U.S. House of Representatives

The race for control of the House of Representatives is tightening with a number of districts across the country evenly at-play. Republicans currently hold a 30-seat advantage, 246-186 with three vacancies, likely enough to hold onto the chamber into 2017 and shape legislative action regardless of the fate of the U.S. Senate or the White House, but Democrats are pushing closer in our most-recent ratings.

ABC News gives an advantage to Democrats in seven seats currently held by Republicans and rates 15 additional races as a tossup. Even if Democrats were to sweep those races and protect the one Democratic seat that is rated as turning red, the party would still trail the GOP by 7 seats.

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203 seats are rated Solid Republican vs. 178 seats that are Solid Democratic. Another 24 seats are Lean Republican, 15 seats are Lean Democratic and 15 are pure toss-ups.

Ratings Changes

Oct. 21: A number of house districts shifted to the left in the most recent ABC News race ratings update. From the last update, two Solid Republican seats were downgraded to Lean Republican, five Lean Republican seats were downgraded to Tossup, and one Tossup shifted to Lean Democratic.

Senate ratings did not change.

Oct. 14: ABC News has changed the rating in the race between incumbent Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt and Democratic challenger Jason Kander from Leans Republican to Toss-up. Democrats have shifted resources to the state after races in Ohio and Florida began to appear out of reach. Polling shows a competitive race and operatives on both sides continue to invest resources there. The House of Representatives ratings remain unchanged.

Oct. 7: ABC News has changed the rating in the race between incumbent North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr and Democratic challenger Deborah Ross from Lean Republican to Tossup. Polling in the state in the continues to show that Tar Heel State voters are relatively evenly split in all three major races in the state: the senate, gubernatorial and presidential elections.

In the House of Representatives ratings, Solid Republican seats dropped one from 206 to 205, while Solid Democratic seats remained unchanged at 178. Lean Republican seats increased from 22 to 27 and Lean Democratic seats jumped up one from 13 to 14. The number of Tossup seats declined as a result, falling to just 11 from 16.

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