Riding high in polls, Clinton barnstorms swing states
WITH just over two weeks to go before Americans vote for a new president, a new poll shows Hillary Clinton has widened her lead over Donald Trump, who is now in jeopardy in traditionally Republican states.
The Democratic former secretary of state leads the Manhattan real estate mogul among likely voters by 50 percent to 38pc in a four-way contest with two minor party candidates, according to a national ABC News poll.
“We’re talking about what’s at stake in the election, drawing contrast, but we’re giving people something to vote for – not just against,” Ms Clinton said.
Conscious that winning the minority vote will help lead her to victory on November 8, the 68-year-old Ms Clinton headed to a mainly black church in Durham, North Carolina – one of the swing states up for grabs.
President Barack Obama won the southern state by a razor-thin margin in 2008, but lost it to Mitt Romney four years later.
Team Clinton is pulling out all the stops to put it back in the Democratic win column.
Before a congregation that included Sybrina Fulton – the mother of slain unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, whose death shocked America in 2012 – Ms Clinton called for awareness of the “systemic racism” seen across the country.
“These conversations can be painful for everybody, but we have got to have them.”
She accused her Republican opponent of painting “a bleak picture of our inner cities” and ignoring the successes of black leaders “in every field and every walk of life”.
Ms Clinton is leading nationally in both two-way and four-way contests by an average of about six points, according to RealClearPolitics.
She is also ahead in several crucial battleground states, including Pennsylvania and Florida.
But the 70-year-old Mr Trump is clinging to a slight edge in traditionally Republican strongholds like Texas, where he has a three-point lead.
The new ABC News poll also said 69pc of likely voters disapprove of Mr Trump’s response to questions about his treatment of women, after a series of women alleged he either groped or forcibly kissed them in years past.
Mr Trump has strongly denied those allegations, and has threatened to sue the “liars” who came forward with claims about his past behaviour.
He held a small 47-43pc lead among white Americans, a group that Republican Mitt Romney won by 20 points in the 2012 election.