Election snapshot: last polls give Clinton comfort as candidates dash across swing states

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 November, 2016, 9:43am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 November, 2016, 7:25am
Final polls give Clinton the edge

With just one day left in the campaign, Democrat Hillary Clinton enjoys a four percentage-point lead over Republican Donald Trump in the final Fox News national pre-election poll of likely voters, 48 to 44 per cent.

An analysis by the Washington Post meanwhile shows that Clinton should be able to count on 275 electoral votes solidly or leaning her way — five more than she needs to claim the presidency. The analysis shows that even if Trump holds all of the states either solidly or leaning his way and wins all three states currently rated as “toss-ups”, he is still seven electoral votes short of the 270 votes needed.

The final Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation survey, meanwhile, gives Clinton a 90 per cent chance of victory.

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Closing arguments from the two candidates

Clinton and Trump on Monday made their final dashes across swing states including Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

Clinton, who embarked on a four-state tour on Monday, provided an optimistic outlook on her candidacy for the White House.

“Tomorrow, you can vote for a hopeful, inclusive, big-hearted America,” she told a crowd in Pittsburgh, reported the New York Times. “Our core values are being tested in this election.”

Trump, who was campaigning in five states on Monday, continued his dark approach and repeated allegations that he has suffered from a “rigged system”, while assailing the “crooked media” and attacking a “corrupt Washington establishment” at a rally in North Carolina.

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The sway of Latino voters

While Trump is attempting to crack Clinton’s blue wall in traditionally Democratic states, Clinton is hoping that a surge in turnout among Latinos - America’s largest minority voting group - could push her into the White House.

A Washington Post/Univision poll released last week shows she has support among 67 per cent of the Hispanic vote to Trump’s 19 per cent.

A Noticias Telemundo/Latino Decisions /NALEO Educational Fund poll released Sunday meanwhile gave Clinton 76 per cent support among the Latino electorate.

Trump has angered the Latino community by labelling Mexican illegal immigrants rapists and murderers.