Clinton soars to double-digit lead

2016-10-23 22:08
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens as vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine speaks during a campaign event in Philadelphia. (Mary Altaffer, AP)

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens as vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine speaks during a campaign event in Philadelphia. (Mary Altaffer, AP)

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Washington - Hillary Clinton has soared to a 12-point lead over Donald Trump in the race for the White House, according to a new poll released on Sunday, with the real estate magnate's support tanking among key voter groups.

The Republican presidential nominee has seen dismal poll numbers since a string of women came forward earlier this month to accuse him of sexual assault or inappropriate behaviour in the past.

He has also stirred controversy by refusing to say that he will accept the result of the November 8 election no matter what, calling the process "rigged".

Clinton, the Democratic former secretary of state, leads 50% to 38% in a four-way contest with two minor party candidates, according to a national ABC News poll.

It was up from Clinton's four percentage point edge in an ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted 10 days ago.

Trump held a small 47-43% lead among white Americans, a group that Republican Mitt Romney won by 20 points in the 2012 election.

Republican candidates must have strong support from white voters if they want to win, with non-white voters overwhelmingly favouring Democratic candidates.

Clinton leads 55-35% among women, and has doubled her lead to 32 points among college-educated white women - a group strongly critical of Trump's response to allegations of inappropriate behaviour.

The poll even showed Clinton leading for the first time among men, 44- to 41% - although that lead is within the poll's margin of error.

Key battleground states 

With just over two weeks to go before Election Day, the two White House hopefuls are targeting key battleground states like Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Team Clinton is hoping for a landslide win, even holding out hope of taking back control of at least one of the two houses of Congress from the Republicans.

"We're not taking anything for granted at all," campaign manager Robby Mook told Fox News on Sunday.

"Secretary Clinton at the beginning of this campaign said she wanted to help all candidates up and down the ballot. So we're running a co-ordinated campaign, working hard with gubernatorial, Senate and House candidates. But we're not - you know, this is not over yet."

Early voting has begun in several states, and the initial details were positive, Mook said.

"We feel very, very good about what we've seen so far... And we're encouraged also by who is turning out."

Trump has tried to change the narrative, on Saturday outlining his plan for his first 100 days in office, including a pledge to create 25 million jobs and cut taxes for middle-class Americans.

"The fact is that this race is not over," Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told Fox News on Sunday, outlining a plan to win crucial battleground states.

"He's not - we're not giving up. We know we can win this."

Trump's son Eric said polls don't reflect the support of people who haven't been on voter rolls for years but will turn out on Election Day to support the populist candidate.

"I'm so incredibly proud. He's carried the weight of this country for the last 18 months. I happen to think we're going to win," Eric Trump said on ABC.

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