Hillary trains guns on Republican senators, seeks to boost numbers in Congress

CLEVELAND, U.S. - With polls predicting a victory for Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Presidential elections, the Democrat nominee is looking to seal her win, urging black voters in North Carolina to ...


• Trump campaign manager admits, "We are behind"

• Obama lashes out at Republicans for being closet-Trump supporters

• Role of Russia is dominant topic in U.S. election campaign

CLEVELAND, U.S. - With polls predicting a victory for Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Presidential elections, the Democrat nominee is looking to seal her win, urging black voters in North Carolina to vote early.

Voting in some states has already begun and Clinton is asking those supporting her to get out and vote, ensuring Trump is unable to spring a last-minute surprise on election day.

She is, currently, leading in the national polls by an average of six percent. 

On Sunday a new ABC News tracking poll gave her a 12-point lead over Republican candidate Donald Trump, who is trailing in the high 30s. She is also ahead in several crucial battleground states, including Pennsylvania and Florida. 

Donald Trump, however, claims he is in the lead according to some national polls. While there cannot be 100 percent surety that these polls are wrong until election day results are tallied, that said, the basics of polling error indicate that the polls showing Trump leading are likely “outliers,” either by statistical chance or by design. 

But, there is a poll that has Trump leading, the IBD/TIPP poll, which was considered the most reliable one in 2012. The poll initially had Clinton in the lead, but by the third debate both candidates were tied. 

Since then, according to IBD/TIPP, Trump has opened up a one-point lead for the first time in the campaign.

Clinton, meanwhile, has evidently dismissed Trump, with whom she has already spent three long and bitter debates trading charges, stating in the Republican-controlled state of North Carolina, "I don't even think about responding to him anymore," making it all too clear she has victory clearly in sight.

And the Democrat nominee is not just targeting at defeating Trump, she is also working towards strengthening Democratic numbers in the Congress. On Sunday, Clinton asked voters in Raleigh, North Carolina, to elect a Democratic governor and to turn Senator Richard Burr out of office, just a day after being critical of Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania in a speech on Saturday.

She also took aim at Trump over his recent claims the election is being "rigged" against him. 

"He refused to say that he would respect the results of this election, and that is a threat to democracy," she said. "The peaceful transition of power is one of the things that makes America, America."

In addition, Clinton has some enthusiastic campaigners in U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. 

After lambasting Donald Trump at past rallies, the U.S. president now turned his ire towards certain Republican lawmakers. 

After earlier lashing out at Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, on Sunday in Las Vegas, Obama tore into GOP Rep. Joe Heck, running to replace retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, calling him a closet Trump supporter, even as he's disavowed the candidate. 

"How does that work?" Obama said with disdain during a campaign rally. "You're for him, but you're not for him. You're kind of for him. What the heck?"

"That's not leadership. That's cynical," Obama said. "That means you'll say anything and so anything just to get elected."

Meanwhile, Donald Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway admitted his campaign was lagging behind, although she said there was still time to win over undecided voters. 

"We're not giving up. We know we can win this," she told Fox News. "The fact is that this race is not over."

Clinton's campaign manager Robby Mook agreed that nothing was decided. 

"We're not taking anything for granted at all," he told Fox News on Sunday. "You know, this is not over yet."

Florida is a key state which is crucial for Trump. At a rally in Naples on Sunday evening, Trump, who is trailing Clinton by a significant margin with Hispanic voters, accused the Obama administration of "abandoning our friends" in Latin America and delivering "only poverty and joblessness for Hispanic Americans right here at home."

Clinton's running mate Tim Kaine, who speaks Spanish, was also campaigning in Florida on Sunday. 

Another dominating theme in the run-up to the November 8 elections has been Russia' involvement, with the Clinton team alleging Putin favours Trump and accusing the latter of being the Russian president's "puppet," also alleging Russia was behind the cyberattacks on the Clinton campaign. Not since the Red Scare of the 1950s has Russia been accused of such sweeping influence on U.S. politics. 

With the U.S. now threatening unspecified retaliation for the cyberattacks, Putin could be at risk of overplaying his hand, alienating the incoming administration if Trump loses, although some may say he has nothing to lose, with ties between the two countries already extremely strained following the civil war in Syria.

 

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