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Trump heads into blue states, Clinton enlists celeb support in final Sunday before election

Hillary Clinton aimed to hit high notes Sunday in the final moments of her campaign, hoping an uplifting message would wash away voters' disgust with the grueling presidential contest. Donald Trump vowed he and his supporters would never quit, as he charged into unexpected territory.

Hillary Clinton campaigns with NBA star LeBron James while Donald Trump ventures into Minnesota

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, accompanied by NBA star LeBron James takes the stage at a rally in Cleveland on Sunday. (Andrew Harnik/Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton aimed to hit high notes Sunday in the final moments of her campaign, hoping an uplifting message would wash away voters' disgust with the grueling presidential contest. Donald Trump vowed he and his supporters would never quit, as he charged into unexpected territory.

Clinton preached at a black church in north Philadelphia, telling the congregation that Tuesday's election was a moment to choose "hopes over fear, unity over division and love over hate." She promised to continue the policies of President Barack Obama and accused Trump of trying to destroy Obama's legacy.

"I personally believe we have come too far to turn back now," she said. "If we come together with the common vision, common faith, we will find common ground."

U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks in front of Gold Star Father Khizr Khan at a campaign rally in Manchester, N.H. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

The candidates embarked on one of their final tours of battleground states, shifting their closing arguments to weary voters deeply divided along racial, economic and gender lines.

With national polls showing her retaining an edge, Clinton enlisted allies and A-listers for help at stops in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Hampshire. She campaigned with Cavaliers star LeBron James in Cleveland, and rallied voters in Manchester, N.H., with Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father whose indictment of Trump at the Democratic National Convention delivered an emotional high point for Democrats.

Trump heads into unfriendly blue states

Trump, meanwhile, planned a marathon day on the campaign trail, with stops in five states, including Minnesota, Michigan and Pennsylvania — states that have long proven unfriendly territory for Republican presidential candidates. Buoyed by a late surge of momentum, Trump's campaign believe its loyal, white working-class voters will deliver an upset on Tuesday.

"Our secret weapon is the American people who are saying, 'Enough is enough,"' vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence said on Fox News Sunday.

Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told reporters Sunday Trump planned to keep up the breakneck campaign pace through election day. After voting in New York, Trump was expected to return to Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina and New Hampshire later in the day, Conway said.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump brought a group of children on stage with him during a campaign stop in Michigan Sunday. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

Even with his many campaign stops, Trump's day was less eventful than Saturday when he was rushed off stage by his security team in Reno, Nev., after someone in the crowd yelled "gun."

Trump said Sunday evening he would give local residents the power to prevent refugees from settling in their communities.

Trump told supporters at rallies in Minneapolis that the U.S. would "not admit any refugees without the support of the local community where they are being placed."

He says, "It's the least they could do for you. You've suffered enough in Minnesota."

Trump cited the September knife attack in a St. Cloud, Minn., mall as he warned about the risks posed by radicalized immigrants. And he again singled out the Somali population, which in the past has condemned Trump's comments.

He says, "Here, in Minnesota, you've seen firsthand the problems caused with faulty refugee vetting, with large numbers of Somali refugees coming into your state without your knowledge, without your support or approval and with some then joining ISIS and spreading their extremist views all over our county and all over the world."

Trump has vowed to stop admitting immigrants from "terror-prone regions" until new, more intense vetting mechanisms are put into place.

Trump also talked about his plans for the refugee program in Michigan. 

Clinton looks to shore up black vote

The Clinton campaign says it is focusing on securing its firewall in the West and upper Midwest. Clinton started her day with the largely African American congregation of Mount Airy Church of God in Christ in Philadelphia. And President Barack Obama spoke in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Monday before joining Clinton for a rally in Philadelphia that evening.

Critical in both states is African American turnout. Black clergy were taking to the pulpits in a "Souls to the Poll" campaign to energize black voters, after early vote data shows some signs of diminished turnout.

Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta told NBC's Meet the Press that the campaign believes if Clinton wins Nevada and Michigan, she "is going to be the next president of the United States.

Hillary Clinton said Sunday evening the country is facing a "moment of reckoning" on election day, and Americans must choose between "division and unity."

Clinton is closing out the final hours of her presidential campaign with a more positive message focused on uniting the
country, as she appeals to Americans of all political affiliations. The Democratic presidential candidate says she is "hopeful andoptimistic" about the future.

She says: "We have to heal this country."

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