Republican candidate is doing his best to overtake Hillary Clinton in the polls
Donald Trump plunged into his final-week sprint to Election Day decidedly on his terms: unleashing a new attack against Democrat Hillary Clinton in Michigan, a state that hasn’t favoured a Republican for president in nearly three decades. His message was welcomed by supporters, but his location frustrated anxious Republicans who fear their nominee is riding his unorthodox political playbook too long – even as Clinton’s developing email problems offer new political opportunity. “Her election would mire our government and our country in a constitutional crisis that we cannot afford,” Trump declared in Grand Rapids, pointing to the FBI’s renewed examination of Clinton’s email practices as evidence the former secretary of state might face a criminal trial as president. Polls show a tightening race – the latest New York Times poll had Clinton leading with 45.8 per cent and Trump on 41.3 per cent. But with more than 23 million ballots already cast through early voting, it’s unclear whether Trump has the time or capacity to dramatically improve his standing over the next week in states like Michigan, where few in either party expect a Republican victory on November 8. Clinton, defending herself from the new FBI examination, on Monday focused on battleground Ohio, a state Trump’s team concedes he must win. “There is no case here,” Clinton insisted. “Most people have decided a long time ago what they think about all this.”
CAMPAIGN TRAIL With just a week until the big day Clinton and her allies in a dozen battleground states have more than 4,800 people knocking on doors, making phone calls and working to support her candi- dacy. Her numbers, as reported in campaign filings, tripled those of Trump and the national and state Republican parties.
Meanwhile, New York businessman Trump is devoting his most valuable resource – his time – to states where polls suggest he’s trailing Clinton by significant margins.
Trump’s campaign hopes that frustrated working-class voters across the Midwest will tip states like Michigan or Wisconsin his way, especially if he benefits from reduced enthusiasm for Clinton in African-American strongholds like Detroit and Milwaukee.
NO CASE HERE: Says Hillary Clinton