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Trump, Clinton campaign in swing states

dpadpa 5/11/2016

Both US presidential candidates began the day in the hotly contested state of Florida, where polls show them neck and neck.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton appeared at rallies in multiple US states on Saturday, as they launched their final bids to win votes just three days ahead of the presidential election.

There was drama in Reno, Nevada when Trump was rushed off the stage by security following a disturbance in the crowd not far from his podium.

A man was escorted out of the venue to loud booing and the Republican nominee resumed his speech shortly afterwards, telling the crowd, "Nobody said it was going to be easy for us, but we will never be stopped."

A Secret Service spokesperson later said that an "unidentified individual" had shouted "gun" in the audience, though no weapon was found after a "thorough search," according to CNN.

Trump's Democratic rival Clinton meanwhile appeared at a rally in Philadelphia with pop singer Katy Perry, who arrived on stage to the sound of her song, Nasty.

"Hillary recognises all of our voices and she sees us, she hears us and she knows that we're stronger together," Perry told the crowd.

Opinion polls show Clinton leading Trump.

According to a nationwide poll by broadcaster ABC and the Washington Post, Clinton was ahead of Trump 47 to 43 per cent, while the pro-Republican broadcaster Fox News published a poll with Clinton two percentage points ahead of Trump.

Both candidates began the day in the hotly contested state of Florida, the third largest US state by population, where polls show them neck and neck.

Candidates need 270 electoral college votes to become president and Florida can deliver 29.

Speaking to supporters during a steady downpour of rain in Pembroke Pines, Clinton said she was committed to making America a safer place and wanted to be "the president for everybody".

The Democrat reminded the crowd that she had visited 112 countries as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 and had stood up for the rights of women, workers, the LGBT community and children everywhere she went.

Trump's rally, held on the other side of the state in the city of Tampa, appealed to working-class voters on topics such as outsourced factory jobs, a rigged media and rising costs under Obamacare.

"We will stop the jobs from leaving America and we will stop the jobs from leaving the great state of Florida," Trump told the crowd, which cheered him to the stage with shouts of "USA! USA!"

At his stop in Wilmington, North Carolina, Trump was introduced by his wife, Melania, who said her husband was strong, determined, bold and decisive.

"My husband is not a lifelong politician. He's an authentic man," she said. "He is running for president not for himself but for you the American people."

Trump has made a major pitch to voters in North Carolina, a state won by President Barack Obama in 2008, but that was carried narrowly by Republican Mitt Romney in 2012.

He warned voters in the south-eastern state on Saturday that they faced large increases in the cost of their health insurance as a result of Obama's signature legislation requiring Americans to purchase it.

Trump said he would repeal the legislation, popularly known as Obamacare, and replace it immediately if elected.

The Republican candidate was also set to appear in Denver, Colorado later on Saturday.

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