Clinton resurgent, while Trump stalls
HILLARY Clinton has been rewarded with a sizeable poll bump on the heels of her commanding presidential debate performance, surveys showed, while Donald Trump remained bogged down by his row with a former beauty queen.
Mr Trump had erased an advantage in polls enjoyed by his Democratic rival, but the latest average posted by RealClear Politics now shows Ms Clinton ahead by three percentage points, 43.8 to 40.9 percent.
The poll results come as Ms Clinton’s numbers also improve in a number of critical swing states – including Florida, Nevada and New Hampshire – following the September 26 debate.
A victory for Ms Clinton in next month’s election, however, is by no means in the bag. Pollsters are still awaiting a verdict from undecided voters in Ohio, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Democrats are concerned about Florida, an infamous battleground state of more than 20 million residents and a consequentially high number of electoral votes.
The deadline for voters to register in the Sunshine State is less than two weeks away.
Mr Trump has taken heat over his past abusive comments about Venezuelan beauty queen Alicia Machado’s weight after she won her Miss Universe crown in 1996.
Campaigning in Florida on September 30, Ms Clinton described Mr Trump as “unhinged” after the Republican presidential candidate fired off a pre-dawn tweet against Ms Machado, urging voters to check out a supposed “sex tape” of Ms Machado, giving the White House race a surreal new twist.
Mr Trump suggested he is ready for even more. In an interview in New York Times, he said he is preparing to attack Ms Clinton over past marital infidelities by her husband, former president Bill Clinton.
Mr Trump had once said he would take the moral high ground and stay mum about Bill’s infidelities, but appears to have had a change of mind.
“Hillary Clinton was married to the single greatest abuser of women in the history of politics,” he added.
In an apparent effort to pre-empt the threat of Mr Trump’s planned attacks, the Clinton campaign released audio of Bill Clinton talking about his marriage with Hillary.
Early voting is getting underway in a number of states in the lead-up to the second October 9 debate.
Voters in the crucial state Iowa can already cast their ballots, with early voting in Florida set to start in the coming days.
Mr Trump urged attendees of his Michigan rally to “show up and vote”.
Even if a doctor were to predict death, the Republican candidate said, “I don’t give a damn, show up and vote on November 8”. –