Rid­ing high in polls, Clin­ton barn­storms swing states

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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.

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