Trump chipping away at Clinton's lead

With millions of votes already cast in the US presidential election pointing to an advantage for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in critical battleground states, as well as signs of strength in traditionally Republican territory, both candidates were pushing get-out-the-vote efforts Thursday in the key swing states of OH and North Carolina. The Mitten State hasn't voted for a Republican for president since George H.W. Bush in 1988.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets early voters at the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. Stripping Trump of six Electoral College votes Republicans have never had to worry about would further narrow his already slim path to victory.

"We strongly believe that it is incumbent on the FBI and the Department of Justice to act without delay to dispel any misleading impression about the emails that have been newly identified, as well as their importance-or lack thereof-to the previous investigation involving Secretary Clinton", the four Democrats wrote.

White House officials say Obama will be traveling to boost Clinton almost every day until Election Day, reflecting his rising popularity ratings. Weiner is separated from his wife, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. The Reuters/Ipsos survey was conducted before the news emerged Friday afternoon.

Trump seized on FBI Director James Comey's announcement Friday that he is at least temporarily continuing an inquiry he had previously declared closed. Until Friday, her campaign seemed to have weathered the initial Federal Bureau of Investigation email probe.

Even more encouraging news comes from the latest Breitbart News Network/Gravis Marketing Poll where Clinton is ahead by just one point when Libertarian Gary Johnson and the Green Party's Jill Stein are included.

Trump called his remarks on the video "locker room talk", dismissed the accusations as "fiction" and said of several accusers that they aren't attractive enough to merit his attention.

Some Democrats worry Clinton's biggest risk is that her voters think she has the presidency in the bag and will fail to show up to vote. Clinton held a 12-point lead in the initial poll, which reflected opinions from October 20 to 23.

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Roughly 6 in 10 still expect Clinton to prevail, while the poll finds shrinking concerns about the accuracy of the vote count and voter fraud in the election. No way to know what's driving that, but the logical reasons would be normal party tribalism asserting itself in the home stretch of election plus some fallout among wayward Republicans to all of the dismal news about ObamaCare lately.

Trump told die-hard supporters in the swing state of OH "we are going to win back the White House" and insisted he holds a commanding position. This week's leaked messages raised questions about former President Bill Clinton's finances. Recent surveys show her retaining her lead in national polls and making gains in some swing states.

Twenty states are "solidly for Clinton" in this week's poll, which is down five from the 25 states for Clinton last week. Clinton could effectively stop Trump in his tracks if she can win either state - barring a huge and unpredictable upset elsewhere. As of Thursday, Ohio remained a toss-up.

In Florida, a perennial battleground, Democrats have drawn even with Republicans in votes cast, reaching that milestone faster than in 2012. The project's broader polling suggests the state is deadlocked between the two candidates.

Seems pretty clear in hindsight that that bombshell 12-point lead from earlier this week was a weird outlier.

The percentage of Trump supporters who expect him to win has dropped to 49 percent in a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted from October 20-24, down from 74 percent from September 16-20.

At an event in Coconut Creek, Florida, Hillary Clinton said that Trump is "attacking everything that has set our country apart for 240 years", pointing to his refusal at the final debate to commit to conceding the race if he loses.

  • Sonia Alvarado