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Supporters, protesters gather at Trump Tower as Election Day draws near

Security increased as Election Day draws near

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NEW YORK – Donald Trump was running late Tuesday to a late-night rally in Manchester, New Hampshire.

"Tomorrow, the working class will strike back," he told the audience.

Back in Manhattan, the sidewalk in front of Trump's tower on Fifth Avenue was a magnet for supporters and protests.

It's a sidewalk microcosm of a divided nation - as New York City prepares to host both presidential candidates.

The roadblocks went up Monday in preparation for Election Day.

"Trump has escalated the negative rhetoric," a man said. 

"I am for Trump," a woman said, "Definitely for Trump." 

Law enforcement and Homeland Security have been deployed in the blocks around Trump Tower -- where a year and a half ago, the political novice and self-professed tycoon rode down an escalator to announce his bid for the presidency.

"This has been like this for the last six months," Ozzie Rivera said. "it has been pretty crazy." 

Trump's election-night gathering will be a few blocks away, where the press the campaign consented to credential is setting up to broadcast worldwide a historic American election night.

Trump himself made one of his last campaign stop before a crowd of thousands in Sarasota.

Monday's mission was a whirlwind fly-around to stops in key states he considers swingable - of which Florida is a big prize. 

"Florida is my second home; a state I love so much. And by the way, Hillary, once this is over, she'll never come back to Florida. She's got nothing to do with Florida," Trump said. 

About the Author:

Glenna Milberg joined Local 10 News in September 1999 to report on South Florida's top stories and community issues. She also serves as co-host on Local 10's public affairs broadcast, "This Week in South Florida."