Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump shrinks as campaign enters final 2 weeks

October 25, 2016 11:00 am

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally, October 24, 2016 at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Photo by AFP)

US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s national lead over her Republican rival has shrunk to 5 points with the Election Day just two weeks away, a new poll shows.
The former secretary of state has the support of 59 percent of likely voters, while the billionaire businessman has 44 percent support, according to the CNN/ORC survey released on Monday.
Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson has 3 percent support among likely voters, while Green Party nominee Jill Stein has 2 percent support.
Only one day before the release of CNN/ORC survey, Clinton was holding a 12-point lead over Trump nationally in the ABC 2016 tracking poll.
With all three presidential debates now in the rear view mirror, Trump looks closing in on Clinton despite the fact that he has again denounced the polls which show him trailing behind Clinton as ineffective and “rigged”.
Trump accused the Democratic Party of manufacturing fake polls to damage his presidential campaign but said that he’ll win regardless.
“Major story that the Dems are making up phony polls in order to suppress the Trump. We are going to WIN!” the real estate tycoon-turned-politician tweeted on Monday.
He also tweeted, “Media in the tank for Clinton but Trump will win!” and “We are winning and the press is refusing to report it.”

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater on October 24, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by AFP) 

Meanwhile, Trump told a radio show on Monday that pollsters focused on likely Democratic voters when asking about who won the second and third presidential debates.
“All the fair polls have us winning. The oversampled polls, meaning they take it out of Democrats, that’s a different story,” he said.
“It was a poll of Democrats and watchers of CNN and it had her winning the debate,” Trump said, referring to Clinton.
The latest CNN/ORC poll also showed Clinton has expanded her popularity among younger voters and non-whites, while Trump has increased his support among the whites who do not have college degrees.
Clinton now has support of 53 percent of likely voters who are under the age of 45 years, compared with 47 percent in the previous CNN/ORC poll. Among the age group from 50 years to 64, the former First Lady is trailing the billionaire by 4 points in this poll.
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