Trump, Clin­ton on the at­tack as race nar­rows

> Ty­coon takes lead in one pres­i­den­tial poll

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

WASH­ING­TON: Don­ald Trump and Hil­lary Clin­ton launched bit­ter at­tacks on each other’s char­ac­ter on Tues­day as a new poll sug­gested the White House race has tight­ened in the fi­nal week.

Trump stormed into Demo­cratic ter­ri­tory in Wis­con­sin to try to use sus­pi­cion gen­er­ated by an FBI probe into Clin­ton’s email to open an un­likely path to vic­tory on Nov 8.

But 69-year-old Clin­ton was de­ter­mined not to lose her ad­van­tage, fir­ing up Florida crowds with at­tacks on Trump’s at­ti­tude to women.

Polling fore­casts sug­gest the 70-yearold Repub­li­can prop­erty mogul faces a bat­tle to win enough states to se­cure an elec­toral col­lege vic­tory over his Demo­cratic ri­val.

But he re­ceived a boost on Tues­day when an ABC News/ Wash­ing­ton Post track­ing poll showed him lead­ing Clin­ton by 46% to 45%.

He boasted about the new num­bers as he ad­dressed a rau­cous crowd – chant­ing “Lock her up!” and “Drain the swamp!” – in Eau Claire, Wis­con­sin, be­fore turn­ing the knife.

“The Clin­tons are the sor­did past and we will be the bright and clean fu­ture,” he an­nounced, to rap­tur­ous roars.

But if Clin­ton was rat­tled by the poll – or by the re­newed in­ter­est in her email server – she did not show it.

Clin­ton was in­tro­duced at a Florida rally by Ali­cia Machado, a for­mer Miss Uni­verse whom Trump, then the owner of the pageant, pub­licly hu­mil­i­ated by mock­ing her post-vic­tory weight gain.

“Can we just stop for a minute and re­flect on the ab­sur­dity of Don­ald Trump find­ing fault with Miss Uni­verse?” Clin­ton snorted. Trump’s doc­tor says he is more than over­weight at 107kg. – AFP

Clin­ton takes the stage with Machado af­ter be­ing in­tro­duced at an “early vot­ing” cam­paign rally at Pasco-Her­nando State Col­lege in Dade City, Florida on Tues­day.

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