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Clinton-Gore Tour Ends

THE Bill and Al Road Show that the two Democrats hope will carry them to the White House wound up its last full day on a 1,000-mile bus caravan through America's heartland, boosted by a significant lead in polls and enthusiastic crowds along the way.

Late Tuesday night the road show motored into this one-time state capital for a rally before Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton and vice presidential running mate Al Gore head for their last stop in St. Louis.

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The Secret Service said 5,500 people live in this working-class southern Illinois town, but an estimated 11,000 Clinton and Gore fans showed up for the rally.

A long-time resident said it was the biggest crowd he had ever seen in Vandalia.

Some of the supporters jumped and shouted their approval of the candidates.

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