President Barack Obama was in Florida on Friday to campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in an event intended to address "the high stakes of November's election for Florida families." The Clinton campaign said the event would highlight the candidate's plan to build an economy "that works for everyone, not just those at the top."
Florida is seen as a battleground state where the vote could go either way: for Clinton, or her Republican opponent, Donald Trump. The state has 29 electoral votes, making it an important player in the nation's final choice for president. A candidate needs at least 270 Electoral College votes to win the presidency.
Meanwhile, Clinton appeared in Iowa, where she said Trump was pursuing a "scorched earth" policy by trying to discourage Clinton supporters from voting.
While she campaigned, her campaign manager, John Podesta, addressed the breaking news that the FBI was reopening its investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state. Podesta questioned the timing of the development and demanded the FBI release more information.
A Bloomberg poll released Wednesday put Trump 2 percentage points ahead of Clinton in a four-way race that included Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson.
In 2012, Obama won Florida by less than 1 percentage point.
Meanwhile, Trump was campaigning in the northeastern United States Friday, with stops in New Hampshire and Maine. With the election race in its final two weeks, Clinton's campaign has outspent Trump's by more than a 2-to-1 margin.
Reports filed by the candidates with the U.S. government showed that Clinton had raised nearly $950 million and had about $178 million on hand for television advertising and get-out-the-vote efforts in the last days ahead of the election. Trump's campaign has raised about $449 million and has $97 million on hand.
The government reports showed that 25 U.S. presidential candidates — Democrats, Republicans and minor party candidates — raised more than $1.2 billion in direct contributions to their campaigns, most of which began in late 2014 or last year. Independent committees have raised hundreds of millions more to support those campaigns.