Flanked by her inner circle — husband Bill, daughter Chelsea and son-in-law Marc — and backed by rock-star supporters Jon Bon Jovi and Lady Gaga, the Democratic presidential hopeful made her last campaign stop in front of 6,000 followers at North Carolina State University.
“Well, I got to tell you this is sure worth staying you up for,” Clinton said as she warmed up the cheering crowd, adding in a nod to Bon Jovi’s performance. “And you know between now and the time that the poll closes tomorrow, we’re going to be living on a prayer.”
In a tacit acknowledgement of the enthusiasm gap that she has struggled to overcome throughout the campaign, Clinton repeatedly drove home the need to get out and vote as she warned of the “dark and divisive vision for America,” held by her rival Donald Trump.
“Tomorrow, we face the test of our time,” she said. “So if you believe America thrives when the middle class thrives, then you have to vote… If you believe we should make the biggest investment in new jobs since WWII … you have to vote.
“If you believe we need more fairness in our economy,” she continued the now-familiar refrain.
If you believe in science …
If you believe we need to reform our criminal justice system …
If you believe we need to do more to support working families …
Let’s go vote North Carolina!”
And with that, the first woman to be nominated by a major party for president capped off her historic campaign.