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The Latest: Protesters interrupt Trump rally in Indiana

By The Associated Press
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and midterm elections (all times local):

7:15 p.m.

President Donald Trump has been interrupted multiple times by protesters during his Indiana rally on his final midterm sprint.

On three occasions Monday, demonstrators began to chant against Trump, only to be drowned out by a crowd of Trump supporters in a downtown Fort Wayne coliseum.

The protesters were escorted out. Trump told one demonstrator to "go home to mommy."

Protesters were a common sight at Trump's 2016 campaign rallies, with the occasional brief bouts of violence between the demonstrators and Trump supporters.

They have become a far rarer sight since Trump took office, which the president noted Monday.

He wryly mused that he was "not surprised" they would be a factor in Indiana, but it wasn't clear what he meant.

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6:45 p.m.

President Donald Trump is making a final elections argument by claiming that Democrats will take a "wrecking ball to our economy and to the future of our country."

Trump made the second of his final three rally stops on Monday in front of a loud, packed crowd in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

He says, "A vote for Republicans is a vote to continue our extraordinary prosperity." He says, "A vote for Democrats is a vote to bring this economic boom crashing down very rapidly."

The president went on to declare that a Democratic victory would produce "a socialist nightmare."

Trump was in Indiana to back Republican Senate candidate Rep. Mike Braun, who is challenging Democratic incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly.

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6:20 p.m.

President Donald Trump has penned an election-eve op-ed running on the Fox News website.

The piece on the president's favorite news channel's website urges voters to keep Republicans in power to keep the economy growing.

Trump writes that "America faces a critical choice" in Tuesday's midterm elections and claims that, if Democrats win control of Congress, they will "take a giant wrecking ball to your economy and your future."

The message has been part of the president's closing argument, but it has been overshadowed by his focus on hard-line immigration issues in the final days of the campaign.

Some Republicans worry that Trump's decision not to focus more on the economy has been detrimental, especially among suburban, college-educated women who could determine control of the House.

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4:15 p.m.

President Donald Trump is urging Republicans to turn out for the midterm elections in order to keep his "political movement going."

Trump on Monday in Cleveland repeatedly drew stark contests between Republicans and Democrats, saying the opposition party was for "open borders" and for "rising" crime.

He also invoked the final days of the 2016 campaign, comparing his upset victory then to Republicans defying the polls now and potentially keeping both houses of Congress.

Most polls suggest that the GOP will maintain control of the Senate but could lose the House.

In Ohio, Trump went through some of his campaign greatest hits, including a swipe at his 2016 general election foe, Hillary Clinton.

Trump is set to do rallies in Indiana and Missouri later Monday.

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3:30 p.m.

First daughter Ivanka Trump is joining her father during his final campaign blitz before the midterm elections.

Ivanka Trump, who is also a senior White House adviser, rarely makes campaign appearances, but she traveled with President Donald Trump for his Cleveland rally on Monday.

The president appeared to mock the #MeToo movement when he introduced his daughter, saying, "You're not allowed to use the word 'beautiful' anymore when you talk about women. It's politically incorrect."

Trump vowed to never use that word again. His daughter then promoted the White House's economic policies and its strong jobs record.

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3:15 p.m.

President Donald Trump is kicking off his final campaign blitz before the midterm elections by declaring that "everything is at stake."

Trump's first stop Monday was in Cleveland, where he stumped for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the Republican candidate for governor.

He bashed DeWine's Democratic opponent, Richard Cordray, whom he declared "a bad person" who "has hurt a lot of people."

The midterm elections have become a referendum on Trump, who urged the crowd to maintain Republican control in both the House and the Senate.

He says, "In a sense, I am on the ticket."

But in recent days, Trump has distanced himself from Republican efforts to hold the House, which most pollsters believe could flip to the Democrats.

After Ohio, Trump will travel to Indiana and Missouri.

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2:35 p.m.

President Donald Trump is forecasting Cabinet changes after the election, calling such adjustments "very customary" but offering no timeline for them.

Still, Trump says Monday that he's supported by "some really talented people" and that "for the most part, I love my Cabinet." The president answered questions from reporters before he boarded Air Force One for a flight to Ohio for the first of three closing campaign rallies.

Trump replied that he was "surprised" by a question about whether he planned to replace Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

He also said Ryan Zinke has done a "very good job" as Interior secretary despite a series of inquiries into his conduct, including one matter that's been referred to the Justice Department for further investigation.

Trump says he'll review any reports about Zinke's conduct.

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11:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump is imploring his supporters to vote on Tuesday, saying the media will treat the midterm results as a referendum on his presidency.

Trump is telling supporters on a tele-town hall organized by his re-election campaign that, even though he's not on the ballot, "in a certain way I am on the ballot."

He adds that, "whether we consider it or not, the press is very much considering it a referendum on me and us as a movement."

Trump is also making the case that, if Democrats win control of Congress, they will work to roll back everything he's tried to achieve, saying "it's all fragile."

Also joining the call were Trump's son, Eric Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republican leaders.

Trump is holding three get-out-the-vote rallies Monday in Ohio, Indiana and Missouri.

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11:20 a.m.

President Donald Trump is stoking anxiety about illegal voting — a practice found to be rare — on the eve of Tuesday's elections.

Trump tweeted Monday that "Law Enforcement has been strongly notified to watch closely for any ILLEGAL VOTING which may take place in Tuesday's Election (or Early Voting). Anyone caught will be subject to the Maximum Criminal Penalties allowed by law. Thank you!"

Trump repeatedly claimed after taking office and without evidence that 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally in 2016. He claims that's why Democrat Hillary Clinton received nearly 3 million more votes than Trump nationwide.

Studies have found voter fraud in the U.S. to be rare. The Brennan Center for Justice found that most reported cases can be traced to other sources, such as clerical errors.

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12:30 a.m.

The president and a former president are putting in their closing arguments with time running out before crucial midterm elections.

President Donald Trump urged voters in Tennessee and Georgia Sunday to back Republicans in statewide races, warning that Democrats favor high taxes and illegal immigration. Democrats offered former President Barack Obama for their closing argument. Appearing in Indiana, and later in Chicago, Obama warned Democrats not to be distracted by lies and fear-mongering.

Trump appeared to distance himself from the fate of House Republican candidates as he devotes his final time before Tuesday's midterm elections to helping Senate and gubernatorial candidates.

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