Politics

Trump, Clinton campaigns make their final SoCal push

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during the final presidential debate, held at the University of Las Vegas on October 19, 2016.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during the final presidential debate, held at the University of Las Vegas on October 19, 2016.
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With the election less than a week away, both the Republican and Democratic presidential campaigns are making their final appeals to voters.

At this late stage, most Americans have probably decided whether they prefer Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton but the candidates are still focused on maintaining visibility and motivating supporters to head to the polls.

Although California is almost certain to swing for Clinton, that hasn't dampened the enthusiasm of Trump's local supporters.

On Friday, a "Trump train" will caravan to a variety of L.A. locations, popping up for brief appearances at Union Station, City Hall, Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a 210 freeway overpass in Pasadena, among other spots.

"It's a lot of fun," Rachel Gunther, L.A. County regional chair for the Trump campaign tells KPCC. "We would like to tell the world that... even though LA is considered a very Democratic stronghold, we're Trumpers and we're here. We want to show that he does have a presence in L.A."

The Clinton campaign, meanwhile, will be hosting several phone banking events throughout the weekend as well as a get out the vote rally in East L.A. on Saturday. The rally will feature appearances by various local politicians including L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti and supervisor Hilda Solis.

"The reason that I want to do this, I love coming here with the community," says Shannon Ahern, who is volunteering at the East L.A. office. "On every campaign when I've gotten involved with the East L.A. office, it's so fantastic to see the people that live in my community being involved, getting to know them. It's just an incredible, beautiful thing and we don't have enough community in L.A., so for me it's a big deal."

Neither candidate will be anywhere near Southern California. They'll be trying to work their magic in battleground states. Over the next few days, Clinton and Trump are scheduled to visit many of the same states: Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Iowa and New Hampshire.