Obama warns fate of world at stake

> Mo­men­tum shifts in key US elec­tion bat­tle­grounds

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

WASH­ING­TON: The fate of Amer­i­can democ­racy is in vot­ers’ hands, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama warned yes­ter­day, as Hil­lary Clin­ton and Don­ald Trump’s bat­tle for the White House went down to the wire.

With six days un­til the elec­tion, the world looked on agog as an uptick in sup­port for Clin­ton’s 70-year-old Repub­li­can ri­val de­lighted US foes, made its al­lies queasy and spooked fi­nan­cial mar­kets.

“The fate of the re­pub­lic rests on your shoul­ders,” the US pres­i­dent warned vot­ers in North Carolina, one of a hand­ful of swing states where the now tighter race will be de­cided.

“The fate of the world is tee­ter­ing and you, North Carolina, are go­ing to have to make sure that we push it in the right di­rec­tion,” he de­clared, ral­ly­ing sup­port for Clin­ton to be­come his suc­ces­sor.

“I am not on the bal­lot, but I tell you what. Fair­ness is on the bal­lot. De­cency is on the bal­lot. Jus­tice is on the bal­lot. Progress is on the bal­lot. Our democ­racy is on the bal­lot.”

While Clin­ton re­mains the favourite to win the White House on Nov 8, a con­test that ap­peared days ago to be all but over has be­come a nail-biter once more.

Since last Fri­day, when FBI di­rec­tor James Comey an­nounced the dis­cov­ery of more email mes­sages po­ten­tially per­ti­nent to the bureau’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Clin­ton’s pri­vate server, her prospec­tive elec­toral col­lege lead has plum­meted, ac­cord­ing to poll av­er­ages taken by RealClearPol­i­tics.

A week ago, the ag­gre­ga­tor put Clin­ton more than 100 col­lege votes ahead of Trump, with 333 to the Repub­li­can’s 205 on a map where states were counted ac­cord­ing to their more likely elec­toral out­come.

Yes­ter­day, the same av­er­age of polls gave Clin­ton just 273 votes, eight ahead of her ri­val’s 265, and barely more than the 270 needed to claim vic­tory.

A series of new state polls re­leased yes­ter­day by CNN/ORC in Ne­vada, Florida, Penn­syl­va­nia and Ari­zona also showed slim­ming mar­gins be­tween the can­di­dates, with Trump tak­ing the lead in Ne­vada by 49% to 43%. In mid-Oc­to­ber, the same poll had Clin­ton ahead by two points.

In Florida, the CNN poll gave Clin­ton a two-point lead, 49% to 47% – an in­crease of 1% on the pre­vi­ous poll but well within the mar­gin of er­ror.

The sur­veys, taken amid the new FBI con­tro­versy be­tween Oct 27 and Nov 1, sug­gested prospec­tive Trump vot­ers in both Florida and Ne­vada were sig­nif­i­cantly more en­thu­si­as­tic than Clin­ton vot­ers about cast­ing their vote. – The In­de­pen­dent/AFP

... At least 20 peo­ple have been killed and dozens more in­jured after two trains car­ry­ing hun­dreds of pas­sen­gers col­lided in Karachi, Pak­istan yes­ter­day, of­fi­cials said. Wit­nesses de­scribed watch­ing a train speed­ing into the city’s Quaid­abad Rail­way Sta­tion and ram­ming a se­cond train which was sta­tion­ary.

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