Clinton’s poll lead increases

Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the presidential town hall debate with Democratic US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, US, October 9, 2016.  Image by: SHANNON STAPLETON / REUTERS
Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the presidential town hall debate with Democratic US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, US, October 9, 2016
Picture: SHANNON STAPLETON / REUTERS

New figures show democrat 12 points ahead over Trump

Hillary Clinton has soared to a 12-point lead over Donald Trump in the race for the White House, according to a new poll released yesterday, with the real estate magnate’s support tanking among key voter groups.

The Republican presidential nominee has seen dismal poll numbers since a string of women came forward this month to accuse him of sexual assault or inappropriate behaviour in the past.

He has also stirred controversy by refusing to say that he will accept the result of the November 8 election no matter what, calling the process “rigged”.

Clinton, the Democratic former secretary of state, leads 50% to 38% in a four-way contest with two minor party candidates, according to a national ABC News poll.

That was up from Clinton’s four percentage point edge in an ABC News-Washington Post poll conducted 10 days ago.

Trump held a small 47%-43% lead among white Americans, a group that Republican Mitt Romney won by 20 points in the 2012 election.

Republican candidates must have strong support from white voters if they want to win, with other voters overwhelmingly favouring Democratic candidates.

Clinton leads 55%-35% among women, and has doubled her lead to 32 points among college-educated white women – a group strongly critical of Trump’s response to allegations of inappropriate behaviour.

The poll even showed Clinton leading for the first time among men, 44% to 41%, although that lead is within the poll’s margin of error.

With just over two weeks to go before election day, the two White House hopefuls are targeting key battleground states like Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Team Clinton is hoping for a landslide win, even holding out hope of taking back control of at least one of the two houses of Congress from the Republicans.

“We’re not taking anything for granted at all,” campaign manager Robby Mook told Fox News Sunday.

“Secretary Clinton, at the beginning of this campaign, said she wanted to help all candidates up and down the ballot.

“So we’re running a coordinated campaign, working hard with gubernatorial, Senate and House candidates.

“But we’re not – you know, this is not over yet.”

Early voting had begun in several states, and the initial details were positive, Mook said.

“We feel very, very good about what we’ve seen so far . . . And we’re encouraged also by who is turning out.”

Trump has tried to change the narrative, outlining on Saturday his plan for his first 100 days in office, including a pledge to create 25 million jobs and cut taxes for middle-class Americans.

“The fact is that this race is not over,” Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told Fox News Sunday.

“He’s not, we’re not, giving up. We know we can win this.”

Trump’s son, Eric, said polls did not reflect the support of people who had been on voter rolls for years but would turn out on election day to support the populist candidate. “I’m so incredibly proud. “He’s carried the weight of this country for the last 18 months. I happen to think we’re going to win,” Eric said on ABC. – AFP

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