By Lester Holt, NBC News anchor
Can we call it the final stretch yet? That was the question some of us were pondering as we prepared for tonight's newscast. There are just nine days left before Election Day, and today, we are officially entering the final week of campaigning. If not the final stretch, we're certainly nearing the end of this long trek. We are hearing some familiar refrains from the candidates as their appeals take on the tone of closing arguments. That said, there has been some intriguing movement in the battleground states map that could force some last minute adjustments on the campaign trail. We'll go into detail on the broadcast this evening.