Clin­ton resur­gent, while Trump stalls

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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”. –

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