Trump and Clinton on the attack as race narrows
DONALD Trump and Hillary Clinton launched bitter attacks on each other’s character as a new poll suggested the White House race has tightened in the final week.
Mr Trump stormed into Democratic territory in Wisconsin to try to use suspicion generated by an FBI probe into Ms Clinton’s emails to open an unlikely path to victory on November 8.
But with political tension spilling over into financial markets, 69-yearold Ms Clinton was determined not to lose her advantage, firing up Florida crowds with attacks on Mr Trump’s attitude toward women.
Polling forecasts suggest the 70-year-old Republican property mogul faces a battle to win enough states to secure an electoral college victory over his Democratic rival.
But he received a boost when an ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll showed him leading Ms Clinton by 46 to 45 percent.
He boasted about the new numbers as he addressed a raucous crowd – chanting “Lock her up!” and “Drain the swamp!” – in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, before turning the knife.
“The Clintons are the sordid past and we will be the bright and clean future,” Mr Trump announced, to rapturous roars.
But if Ms Clinton was rattled by the poll – or by the renewed interest in her email server – she did not show it at a barnstorming rally in the swing state of Florida.
Ms Clinton was introduced by Alicia Machado, a former Miss Universe whom Mr Trump, then the owner of the pageant, publicly humiliated by mocking her post-victory weight gain.
“Can we just stop for a minute and reflect on the absurdity of Donald Trump finding fault with Miss Universe?” Ms Clinton said.
And she pivoted to the notorious tape where Mr Trump is overheard on a hot mic bragging about being able to grope women and get away with it because he is a star.
The close poll spooked the markets, which had expected former secretary of state Ms Clinton to comfortably defeat a populist who economists fear could plunge the world into recession.
US stocks closed down 0.7pc and the Vix Volatility or “fear index” jumped to its highest level since Britain voted to leave the European Union in June.
The New York Times statistical model gives Ms Clinton an 88pc chance of winning, while respected data tracking website FiveThirtyEight says she has a 74pc chance of victory next week.
On October 31, Mr Trump was hit by fresh allegations in a detailed report by The New York Times that he not only dodged paying income tax but did so in a way that has since been outlawed.
Ms Clinton’s campaign has spent three days berating FBI director James Comey for revealing to lawmakers that the bureau is looking anew at her use of a private email server while at the State Department. –