President Barack Obama continued to press the case for Democrat Hillary Clinton to succeed him in the White House saying, ''This should not be a close race, but it is going to be a close race.''
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: President Barack Obama continued to press the case for Democrat Hillary Clinton to succeed him in the White House telling a rally in North Carolina, "This should not be a close race, but it is going to be a close race." "All the progress we have made, everything we have fought for, everything we aspire to all of that goes out the window if we don't win this election," Obama said. As he praised Clinton he said Republican Donald Trump was the first candidate in decades who has refused to release any tax returns. "We don't know who he does business with, we don't know who he owes favors to...and what we do know is because he has bragged about the fact that he is a really smart businessman, from his perspective that means he doesn't pay federal income taxes." Obama said Clinton "will be a great President." 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.