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Clinton touts 'momentum' in rain-whipped Broward rally

Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets supporters in the rain during a campaign rally at C.B. Smith Park on Saturday in Pembroke Pines.

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Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets supporters in the rain during a campaign rally at C.B. Smith Park on Saturday in Pembroke Pines.

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The end of a wild campaign happily near, her presidential prize tantalizingly close, Hillary Clinton took the stage in Pembroke Pines on Saturday afternoon — torrential rain be damned — to ask voters one more time to stick with her.

“Boy, is this a hardy group,” she remarked, overlooking an outdoor crowd at C.B. Smith Park sheltering under umbrellas and makeshift ponchos.

With people eager to flee the downpour, Clinton lasted about seven minutes — perhaps her shortest stump speech of the presidential race.

Clinton, her voice raspy three days before the election, bragged about her support “breaking records in a lot of places.”

“We are seeing tremendous momentum,” she said.

One of those places: South Florida, one of the most important regions for Clinton in the nation’s largest swing state. Democrats narrowly lead Republicans in voter turnout so far across the state, in no small part thanks to voters in solidly blue Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

The last weekend of early voting, which ends at 7 p.m. Sunday, traditionally brings multitudes of Democrats to the polls. Clinton’s appearance was timed to push supporters to cast their ballots, the bad weather could keep some of them home.

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[Last modified: Saturday, November 5, 2016 4:32pm]

    

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