MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden campaigned late into the night on the eve before Election Day. This contentious campaign season closed with frantic, last-minute rallies, court battles and boarded-up businesses.
President Trump appeared in Traverse City, Michigan Monday night, wrapping up five rallies in four states during his final day of stumping.
“You have the power to vote, so go out and vote," he said. "Unless you’re going to vote for somebody other than me, in which case, sit it out.”
Biden made multiple stops in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Both are critical states that Trump won in 2016.
“The only thing that can tear America apart, is America itself," said Biden. "And that’s exactly what Donald Trump’s been trying to do from the very beginning.”
The candidates are trying to win over swing state voters in what is already a historic election. A record early vote in America saw more than 97 million ballots cast.
Last-minute lawsuits were decided. Monday afternoon, a federal judge denied the Republicans' attempt to get 127,000 votes thrown out in Texas.
Coast to coast, businesses boarded up in case of unrest. Tall fencing was installed outside the White House. This has been a presidential campaign unlike any other, transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“If anybody doesn’t think that there’s a big difference between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, they just haven’t been paying any attention at all," said WMC Action News 5 political analyst Michael Nelson. "It’s so obvious that whoever wins this election, it’s going to be a very different trajectory for the country.”
And with election fraud a major concern this year, Homeland Security is handling security at FedExForum in Memphis, where the Shelby County Election Commission will be counting more than 20,000 absentee ballots.