Clinton, Trump in dead heat, show final weekend polls

Clinton, Trump in dead heat, show final weekend polls

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are in a dead-heat in major polls on the final weekend before the presidential election that has the world on edge, with the two rival candidates and their surrogates scrambling through key battleground states that could prove decisive on Tuesday.

Clinton (44 per cent) and Trump (43 per cent) are in a fierce battle among likely voters nationally – including those who are undecided yet leaning towards a candidate or who have already voted, McClatchy-Marist poll said.

In September, Clinton led Trump by six percentage points in the same poll.

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson has the support of six per cent, and Jill Stein of the Green Party garners two per cent. Three per cent support another candidate, and two per cent are undecided, it said.


As per RealClearPolitics, which keeps track of all major polls, the Democrat leads the Republican by 1.7 percentage points.

Clinton and Trump – along with their surrogates – have been crisscrossing battleground states in their final push to rally voters and announced additional stops till late Monday.

Clinton would deliver her final address at a mid-night rally in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“Clinton will lay out her plans to create an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, and her vision for an America that is stronger together,” her campaign said.

However, a bigger rally has been reserved for earlier in the night when Clintons – Hillary and Bill – would be joined by the Barack and Michelle Obama in Philadelphia. They will also be joined at the event by Jon Bon Jovi, who will perform.

Clinton will urge Pennsylvanians to elect her president on Tuesday and continue pushing for the “American ideals of progress, inclusion, equality and strength,” that were enshrined in the Constitution in 1787, it said in a statement.

“Along with President Obama, she will also lay out how the division and dangerous views espoused by Donald Trump in his campaign make him unqualified, unfit and unworthy to lead this great nation,” it said.

Clinton’s campaign said Obama will add that voting for her is a vote to build on the progress made under his presidency.

Nearly 200 million eligible voters would elect their new president. More than 40 million electorates across 48 states have already cast ballots using the provision of early voting.

Encouraged by the polling figures, Trump announced several new stops, including the Democratic stronghold like Minnesota.

On an average Trump would be addressing five rallies.

“We are going to be doing at least five of these today. The arenas are all packed all over the country. We are going into different locations,” the tycoon said at a campaign stop.


“We’re going into what they used to call Democrat strongholds where we’re now either tied or leading. We’re going to Minnesota, which traditionally has not been Republican at all, and we’re doing phenomenally. We just saw a poll. We’re going to Colorado, where we’re doing phenomenally well. We’re doing well everywhere,’ Trump said.