Clin­ton nar­rowly leads Trump as US pres­i­den­tial poll nears

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DEMO­CRATIC US pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton holds a five-point lead over Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump in the lat­est Washington Post- ABC Track­ing Poll re­leased early yes­ter­day.

In a Post- ABC poll re­leased two days be­fore, Clin­ton had led Trump by 47 per­cent to 44 per­cent.

Clin­ton had an ad­van­tage in af­fir­ma­tive sup­port, the poll said, with 55 per­cent of back­ers say­ing they are mainly sup­port­ing her, com­pared with 43 per­cent of Trump vot­ers. More Trump vot­ers say they “mainly op­pose Clin­ton”.

Americans will vote for a new pres­i­dent to­mor­row, although mil­lions have al­ready cho­sen who they want to rule the coun­try in early vot­ing. The new poll came along­side a brief mo­ment of drama in the fi­nal days of cam­paign­ing. Trump was rushed off stage by se­cu­rity of­fi­cers on Satur­day after a false gun scare dur­ing a cam­paign ap­pear­ance. The US Se­cret Ser­vice, which pro­vides se­cu­rity for pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates, later said some­one in the crowd had shouted “gun” but that no weapon was found.

Trump swiftly re­sumed his speech in Reno, Ne­vada after a sus­pect, who was wres­tled to the floor dur­ing the in­ci­dent, was briefly de­tained then re­leased. The 70-year-old real es­tate ty­coon reap­peared to cheers just min­utes after be­ing led away by Se­cret Ser­vice agents who shielded his body with their own.

“No­body said it was go­ing to be easy for us, but we will never be stopped, never ever be stopped,” he de­clared.

“I want to thank the Se­cret Ser­vice. These guys are fan­tas­tic. They don’t get enough credit. They don’t get enough credit. They are amaz­ing peo­ple.”

Just be­fore the fra­cas, Trump was seen shield­ing his eyes from the lights in or­der to peer into the crowd as a strug­gle broke out.

Trump “was re­moved from the stage” by agents in his pro­tec­tive de­tail “after a com­mo­tion oc­curred in the crowd”, the Se­cret Ser­vice said.

Tele­vi­sion footage showed a sus­pect pinned to the ground by of­fi­cers and searched, be­fore he was led away by lo­cal law en­force­ment.

The can­di­date ap­peared un­rat­tled and spoke with his usual self-con­fi­dence, fin­ish­ing his planned re­marks and ac­cept­ing ap­plause be­fore re­turn­ing to his plane safely.

“I’m ac­tu­ally a Repub­li­can . . . but I just don’t sup­port Don­ald Trump,” the pro­tester, who iden­ti­fied him­self as Austyn Crites from Reno, said after he was re­leased.

Crites (33) said that he agreed with Trump on many is­sues, but added: “I be­lieve that he’s very dan­ger­ous for the coun­try.”

Crites told NBC News 4 that he came armed “with just one sign that said ‘Repub­li­cans against Trump’.”

The pro­tester told The Guardian that he was knocked to the ground, punched, kicked and choked by Trump sup­port­ers when he at­tempted to silently hold up the sign.

On so­cial me­dia, Trump sup­port­ers pil­lo­ried him as a Clin­ton mole, point­ing to what they said was his deleted pro-Hil­lary Face­book page.

Crites told The Guardian that he be­lieves the Demo­cratic can­di­date is the only per­son who can stop Trump, and said that he briefly can­vassed for her cam­paign.

Trump’s events dur­ing this long cam­paign sea­son have of­ten been dis­rupted by pro­test­ers, but this is only the sec­ond time that the can­di­date was bun­dled off stage by se­cu­rity.

His­tory Pro­fes­sor Al­lan Licht­man of Amer­i­can Univer­sity in Washington has ac­cu­rately pre­dicted the pop­u­lar re­sult in pres­i­den­tial elec­tions since Repub­li­can Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan de­feated Demo­cratic chal­lenger Wal­ter Mon­dale in 1984.

“This should be a change elec­tion. The Repub­li­can nom­i­nee should win,” Licht­man said. — Al Jazeera.

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