Election snapshot: FBI drops another bombshell as Clinton retains narrow lead in national poll

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 November, 2016, 9:42am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 November, 2016, 11:26am
FBI clears Clinton of email criminality (again)

The FBI informed Congress on Sunday that it has not changed its conclusions about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state, that it does not warrant criminal charges, removing at the eleventh hour an uncertainty that has haunted her entire campaign.

“Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusion that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton,” FBI director James Comey wrote in a letter to the leaders of several congressional committees on Sunday, two days before Election Day.

In Cleveland, Ohio, Clinton made no mention of the ruling in a rally that started just moments after news alerts popped up showing the latest twist to the email scandal.

The letter came after a tumultuous nine days for both the Democratic presidential candidate and Comey, who drew ire for announcing that the FBI had discovered new emails that might — or might not — be relevant to its investigation of Clinton, which had (supposedly) ended in July with no charges.

Clinton maintains lead remains in final NBC national poll

The final polls are trickling in and Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton is retaining a modest lead nationally. Some 44 per cent of likely voters support her versus 40 per cent who back Republican candidate Donald Trump, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal national poll.

Clinton holds big leads among women and minority voters, while men, white voters and senior citizens form the core of Trump’s support.

But perhaps worrying to Clinton, her rival is holding a lead among voters who plan to vote on Election Day, although she is doing better with those who have already cast their ballots.

The biggest win for the Trump side was from the Des Moines Register poll of Iowa, which showed Trump leading in that state by seven points, 46 per cent to 39 per cent. But Clinton has struggled in Iowa all year, and she has not bothered to campaign in the state in recent weeks.

Here in Ohio - which was won by Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012, after being claimed by George W Bush in the two previous elections - a CBS/YouGov poll has Trump up by a point, 46 per cent to 45 per cent. It shows Clinton leading among those who have voted early, but gives Trump an edge among the remaining voters.

A victory for Clinton in Ohio would block almost any path that Trump might have to win a majority of electoral votes, and the presidency.

Donald Trump appears to endorse‘assassination’ claim

Donald Trump likes Twitter, and he appeared to offers his insight there on the Saturday incident in Reno, Nevada, in which he was rushed from stage by Secret Service agents, when someone in the audience shouted “gun”. No weapon was found by law enforcement officers.

“Trump is back on stage minutes after assassination attempt,” Jack Posoblec, a Republican supporter, posted on his Twitter account, in a message that was retweeted by Trump.

Meanwhile, the man who was initially detained by police during the incident, Austyn Crites, gave an interview to the Guardian in which he claims he shouted that he didn’t have a gun and was subsequently assaulted by Trump supporters who beat him and grabbed his testicles. He was freed without charge.