Weekly Roundup: Campaign Closure
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After a long and bruising campaign, election day is almost here.
Next Tuesday, voters across the country will decide on the next president of the United States, and the candidates are scrambling to secure support and polish their platforms.
PBS NewsHour put together a schedule to help you understand what to expect (and when to expect it) on Nov. 8.
- PBS NEWSHOUR | Here’s the schedule for Election Day
PBS NewsHour What we know about voter turnout so far In the race to the White House, vote efforts are key, especially to reach minority voters. The week was marked by confusing poll results, both campaigns blitzing the battleground map, and huge crowds taking advantage of early voting.
It's not always easy to draw conclusions from ballots cast before election day, but PBS NewsHour explains that roughly a quarter of all expected votes may have been cast in recent weeks. NPR looks at the likelihood of a Democratic takeover of the Senate, while Marketplace investigates the effect that this election cycle has had on the media business.
- PBS NEWSHOUR | Voters already have cast about a quarter of all expected 2016 ballots
- NPR | A Week From Election Day, Democrats Have Many Paths To A Senate Majority
- MARKETPLACE | TV and radio stations love this presidential election
- MARKETPLACE | Election year polls aren't just about the numbers
Looking ahead to Tuesday, PBS NewsHour investigates some of the issues that could befall voters, including new voter ID laws and the complexity of write-in ballots. NPR reports on concerns over 'poll watchers' attempting to intimidate voters.
- PBS NEWSHOUR | How are controversial voter ID laws affecting voters?
- PBS NEWSHOUR | Writing in your vote for president? It might not get counted
- NPR | Plans To Watch Polls For Fraud Raise Fears Of Intimidation
In some states there are also a number of ballot initiatives for voters to mull, while many business owners and employers are trying to make it easier for their employees to vote on the big day. NOVA looks into the possibility that quantum mechanics could rule out the specter of voter fraud once and for all.
- PBS NEWSHOUR | These four states will weigh tougher gun control in election
- PBS NEWSHOUR | Get out and vote, small business owners tell employees
- NPR | Several States, Some Employers Help Workers Make Time To Vote
- NOVA | Using Quantum Physics to Prevent Voter Fraud
- MARKETPLACE | Why Election Day isn’t a federal holiday
MetroFocus Millennials Make Their Mark! David and Jack Cahn discuss their new book, "When Millennials Rule." But when the votes are being counted, the winner will be decided by the states that swing in his or her favor. Arizona Public Media reports on efforts by both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to woo last-minute voters. Marketplace looks into some of the factors that could sway Florida's results, as well as a looming transit crisis that could impact Pennsylvania's totals.
- MARKETPLACE | Retirees' economic concerns drive Florida vote
- MARKETPLACE | Philadelphia’s transit strike could affect who wins the election
- AZPM | VP Candidate Tim Kaine Makes Last Pitch for Arizona
- AZPM | Hillary Clinton Rally Draws 10,000 Supporters in Tempe
- AZPM | Republican VP Candidate Mike Pence Pushes Trump In Mesa
But it's not just geographic location that influences votes - demographics will likely play a huge part in the winning ticket's success. Center for Asian American Media looks into the voting habits of Asian American and Pacific Islander millennials, while NPR looks at the coming gender divide and the evangelical voting bloc.
- CAAM | AAPI millennials have opinions, but willmthey turn out on election day?
- NPR | Trump Presents Dilemma For Evangelical Women, Once Reliable GOP Voters
- NPR | The Gender Gap In This Election Could Be The Biggest In At Least 60 Years
PBS NewsHour Questions of character dominate final campaign scramble Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and their surrogates campaigned across the country. Trump's campaign spent the week seeking to capitalize on tightening polls as he probed the possibility that previously out-of-reach states might swing in his favor. But the campaign's week was also a mixed bag, as they found themselves with a dubious endorsement from a newspaper affiliated with the KKK (a publication which the campaign disavowed, calling it "repulsive"), while House Speaker Paul Ryan said he will vote for, but will not campaign with, the Republican nominee. Tech billionaire Peter Thiel also reaffirmed his support for the campaign, but drew negative attention when his alleged comments on apartheid prompted criticism.
With the election season having been so tumultuous, PBS NewsHour examined the possible effect on the Trump brand itself.
- NPR | KKK Paper Endorses Trump; Campaign Calls Outlet 'Repulsive'
- PBS NEWSHOUR | Paul Ryan votes for Trump, but will not campaign with him
- PBS NEWSHOUR | Tech billionaire Peter Thiel explains why he supports Trump
- NPR | Major Trump Backer's Alleged Positive Comments About Apartheid Stir Anger
- PBS NEWSHOUR | Has the election season hurt Trump the brand?
Clinton's campaign began the week scrambling to deal with the fallout of FBI Director James Comey's letter to Congress about the ongoing investigation of Clinton's use of a private email server.
Comey came under fire for his decision to provide scant, cryptic details into the meaning of the probe, while Clinton's campaign reassured voters they did not believe it would find anything of significance.
- NPR | FBI Head Under Fire For Clinton Email Scrutiny Days Before Election
- NPR | Justice Department Dedicating 'All Necessary Resources' To Review Emails Quickly
- PBS NEWSHOUR | Clinton calls on FBI to release all info on newly discovered emails
- PBS NEWSHOUR | A look at Comey’s decisions in the Clinton email case
Chicago Tonight Obama Ramps Up Anti-Trump Rhetoric in Election’s Final Days The latest on the presidential campaign with "PBS NewsHour" correspondent John Yang. President Barack Obama spent considerable time campaigning for Clinton this week, defending her candidacy and chastising the FBI's timing.
The former secretary of state doubled down on her push to woo black millennial voters, while several Republican lawmakers suggested that, should she win, they would not be willing to allow her to appoint a ninth justice to the Supreme Court.
- PBS NEWSHOUR | Obama defends Clinton, says ‘We don’t operate on leaks’
- PBS NEWSHOUR | Activists split as Clinton makes push for black millennials
- PBS NEWSHOUR | If Clinton wins, more in GOP say no to full Supreme Court
- NPR | Obama Ramps Up Appearances In Final Campaign Sprint
And with just a few days left until the winner is decided, public media offers further comparisons between the candidates on the most important issues.
- PBS NEWSHOUR | Trump and Clinton have been largely silent on America’s longest ongoing war
- PBS NEWSHOUR | Where do the presidential candidates stand on treating drug addiction?
- NPR | Platform Check: Trump And Clinton On Health Care
- NEXT AVENUE | Where the Candidates Stand on High Caregiving Costs
- CAAM | How Clinton and Trump's immigration policies line up for Asian Americans
Make sure to visit Campaign Connection on election day to follow all the latest news and analysis as the results begin to become clear.