Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence said, ''This race is on,'' as he rallied supporters at a campaign event in Lansing, Michigan. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence said, "This race is on," as he rallied supporters at a campaign event in Lansing, Michigan "Remember about a week ago when they were telling you this whole thing was all rolled up," Pence said. "And Hillary was like measuring for curtains in the Oval Office and making Cabinet appointments and this and that...and then something happened," he said. Hillary Clinton's campaign was hit last Friday by the FBI's reopening of its investigation into her use of a private email server while secretary of state, eroding a political boost from a strong U.S. economic report. New emails the FBI is examining were discovered after the agency seized electronic devices belonging to Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her husband, Anthony Weiner. Pence said, "And the polls are tied in the Midwest and we are leading in several national polls in the country, this race is on." The race for the White House tightened significantly in the past week, as several swing states that Trump must win shifted from favoring Democrat Hillary Clinton to toss-ups, according to the Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project. The two candidates are now tied in Florida and North Carolina, and Clinton's lead in Michigan has narrowed so much that the state is too close to call. Ohio remains a dead heat and Pennsylvania is now tilting to Clinton. Clinton is still the favorite to win Tuesday's election, but Trump now has a plausible route to victory, especially if there is a sharp fall in turnout among African-Americans from the levels of the 2012 election.