Nom­i­nees fo­cused on cru­cial states in cam­paign’s fi­nal stretch

The Star (Kenya) - - Big Read / US Elections - BY ALANA WISE AND VA­LERIE VOLCOVICI FOR REUTERS

Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cam­paign on Sun­day pre­dicted a strong turnout among key groups such as His­pan­ics and African-Amer­i­cans, while ad­vis­ers to Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump said the large crowds at his ral­lies showed en­thu­si­asm that could help de­liver a win at the polls on Tues­day.

Both can­di­dates on Sun­day were to cam­paign heav­ily in key swing states in­clud­ing Ohio, Penn­syl­va­nia and New Hamp­shire.

“We’re feel­ing very solid go­ing into this last week­end,” Clin­ton cam­paign chair­man John Podesta said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “But there’s a tremen­dous amount of work to do.”

Trump cam­paign man­ager Kellyanne Con­way said on CNN’s “State of the Union” the cam­paign ex­pected strong Repub­li­can turnout with the thou­sands of sup­port­ers who have at­tended his ral­lies com­ing out in force to vote.

In the fi­nal stretch of the cam­paign, a scuf­fle broke out at a Trump rally in Reno, Nevada, on Satur­day night and the Repub­li­can can­di­date was rushed off stage by the Se­cret Ser­vice when some­one in the crowd shouted “gun.” The in­ci­dent started when a man held up a sign that said “Repub­li­cans against Trump.” No gun was found.

The lat­est Reuters/Ip­sos poll shows Clin­ton with a five per­cent­age point lead over Trump in the na­tional sur­vey - 44 per cent to 39 per cent sup­port - while races in the swing states of Florida, North Carolina have shifted from Clin­ton’s con­trol to be­ing too close to call. The Reuters/Ip­sos States of the Na­tion project es­ti­mates that Clin­ton has a 90 per cent chance of win­ning the elec­tion.

Podesta said Clin­ton’s base of sup­port among mi­nor­ity vot­ers and the large num­ber of early votes cast will lead to a win for her.

“We’ve had col­lege-ed­u­cated women vot­ing in higher num­bers, vot­ing for her in higher num­bers. Asian-Amer­i­cans vot­ing dis­pro­por­tion­ately,” Clin­ton cam­paign man­ager John Podesta said on “Meet the Press.”

The Clin­ton cam­paign in re­cent weeks has de­ployed its most high-pro­file al­lies in­clud­ing Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and pop stars such as Bey­once and Katy Perry to at­tract mi­nor­ity and young vot­ers who have so far been cool to sup­port Clin­ton.

Podesta, ap­pear­ing on ABC’s “This Week,” said the Clin­ton cam­paign be­lieves it can match the num­bers Obama pulled in his 2012 re-elec­tion cam­paign with African-Amer­i­cans.

JITTERY MAR­KETS

Global fi­nan­cial mar­kets last week slipped as opin­ion polls showed an in­creas­ingly tight race be­tween Trump and Clin­ton. The US dol­lar dipped to a more than one-month low against the safe-haven Swiss franc on Fri­day, while weak­ness in oil prices raised con­cerns about low in­fla­tion and pushed US Trea­sury prices higher.

In­vestors have gen­er­ally seen Clin­ton as the can­di­date who would main­tain the sta­tus quo, while there is more mar­ket un­cer­tainty over what a Trump pres­i­dency might mean in terms of eco­nomic pol­icy, free trade and geopol­i­tics.

Trump’s run­ning mate, In­di­ana Gover­nor Mike Pence, on Sun­day pledged Trump’s cam­paign would ac­cept a “clear out­come” to the US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion but said both cam­paigns re­served le­gal op­tions if there was a dis­puted re­sult.

“The cam­paign has made it very clear that a clear out­come, ob­vi­ously, both sides will ac­cept,” Pence said in an in­ter­view on “Fox News Sun­day.” But I think both cam­paigns have also been very clear that in the event of dis­puted re­sults, they re­serve all rights and reme­dies.”

Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee Chair­man Reince Priebus, ap­pear­ing on the ABC pro­gram “This Week,” said Trump would con­cede if there is a “clearly ob­vi­ous” out­come.

“I do be­lieve he will ac­cept the re­sult,” Priebus said.

Trump faced crit­i­cism from both Democrats and fel­low Repub­li­cans for re­fus­ing to say at the third and fi­nal pres­i­den­tial de­bate last month if he would ac­cept the elec­tion re­sult, in­stead say­ing he will eval­u­ate the out­come “at the time.”

Vot­ers cast bal­lots dur­ing early vot­ing at the Franklin County Board of Elec­tions in Colum­bus, Ohio US on Oc­to­ber 28./

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