Don’t be­lieve the polls, Trump says, ‘we are win­ning’

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

PALM BEACH, Florida (AP): LECTION DAY just 15 days off, Don­ald Trump fought to pre­serve his nar­row path to the pres­i­dency in must-win Florida on Mon­day. Hil­lary Clin­ton worked to slam the door on her Repub­li­can op­po­nent in New Hamp­shire.

Trump’s team con­cedes both pub­licly and pri­vately that his elec­toral map is be­com­ing bleak. And GOP leaders are growing in­creas­ingly wor­ried

Ethat his weak stand­ing jeop­ar­dises vul­ner­a­ble Repub­li­can Sen­ate can­di­dates in bat­tle­grounds like Florida, New Hamp­shire and Penn­syl­va­nia.

In public, the New York billionaire is hav­ing none of that talk. He lashed out at the me­dia yes­ter­day for pro­mot­ing “phony polls” dur­ing a round-ta­ble dis­cus­sion with Florida farm­ers gath­ered next to a lo­cal pump­kin patch.

“We’re win­ning this race. I re­ally be­lieve we are win­ning,” Trump told the farm­ers, bas­kets of gourds, bales of hay and corn stalks be­hind him.

Mon­day was the sec­ond day of Trump’s three-day swing in Florida, which is es­sen­tial to his White House hopes. There is no sce­nario in which he can lose Florida and win the 270 elec­toral votes needed to be­come pres­i­dent, based on cur­rent polling. Even if he wins the toss-up state, his path to 270 re­quires vic­to­ries in sev­eral more swing states, in­clud­ing North Carolina, Ohio, Iowa and Ne­vada.

The Trump cam­paign ac­knowl­edged its chal­lenge in a Mon­day fundrais­ing email, con­ced­ing that vic­to­ries even in those swing states wouldn’t be enough.

ROAD TO VIC­TORY

“Polls show us close in New Hamp­shire, Colorado, and Penn­syl­va­nia. Win­ning just any one of those states would lead us to vic­tory,” the cam­paign wrote, cit­ing three states where Trump is trail­ing Clin­ton by sig­nif­i­cant mar­gins in re­cent polls.

Clin­ton’s run­ning mate, Vir­ginia Gov­er­nor Tim Kaine, was making two cam­paign stops in Florida on Mon­day. Clin­ton plans to visit Tues­day and Wed­nes­day.

Clin­ton’s fo­cus on Mon­day was New Hamp­shire, which of­fers just four elec­toral votes com­pared to Florida’s 29, but is also cru­cial to Trump’s hopes.

Trump’s sched­ule in the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump.

penul­ti­mate week of the cam­paign re­flects the nar­row path he faces in his White House bid.

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