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Early Voting favors Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over Republican Donald Trump, says Survey

In the past month, Arizona has gradually moved from a solid Trump state to a marginal Clinton state

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October 30, 2016: Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is leading the early voting survey in the past two weeks by 15 percent against Republican Donald Trump, says Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project. Republican nominee Donald Trump had a big loss just before 11 days before the U.S. presidential election.

Though data is not available, Clinton is enjoying an edge in states like Ohio, Arizona, Texas and Georgia.

According to University of Florida’s United States Election Project, in about 20 percent of the electorate, 19 million Americans have voted so far in the elections.

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On Friday, the FBI said to Reuters, they were examining the emails belonging to Huma Abedin, Clinton’s close aide, which were found on the computer of Anthony Weiner, Abedin’s estranged husband. He is suspected of sending illegitimate information of an investigation to a teenager. The survey was conducted before the news came out. So, having so many ballots locked down before 8th November, it will be a good news for the Clinton campaign.

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However, it is unclear if this incident is going to have an effect on Clinton’s campaign. Until Friday, her campaign had weathered the FBI investigation. The FBI has refused to disclose any information regarding the emails. They said that investigation will be closed since these emails were sent when Clinton was secretary of the state.

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While Trump campaign was busy fighting with continuous accusations by women of sexual harassments, Clinton held an average four to seven percentage points in polls. Trump also struggled in the recent presidential debates, when he was questioned about his taxes, mentioned Reuters.

The State of the Nation polling results which were released Saturday mentioned- “As of Thursday, Clinton’s odds of receiving the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency remained at greater than 95 percent. She would win by 320 votes to 218, with 278 votes solidly for the Democrat.”

According to the project, this lead is similar to the lead enjoyed by President Barack Obama over Republican Mitt Romney when Obama won by 332 electoral votes against Romney’s 206.

But the past few weeks have brought trouble for Clinton’s campaign. Clinton spoke about the release by WikiLeaks of the emails that were supposedly hacked from her manager’s account. This week’s leaked emails raise questions on the finances of former president Bill Clinton, mentioned Reuters.

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As per the results of States of the Nation, Florida, and North Carolina were still tilting toward Clinton, Ohio is still a toss-up. The polling suggests that the state is deadlocked between the two candidates. However, among the early voters, Clinton was up by double digits.

According to the project report in Arizona, Clinton also was solidly ahead among early voters. In the past month, Arizona has gradually moved from a solid Trump state to a marginal Clinton state; although it is still too close to call. Trumps’ lead in Georgia fell to five percent this week, down from eight percent last week. He has a lead in Texas. But, among the early voters, Clinton had a double-digit edge.

The State of the Nation project is a survey conducted every week with 15,000 people from all 50 states.

Prepared by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

 

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Trump meets Florida school shooting survivors, suggests arming teachers

The President also called for more mental institutions and hospitals in addition to the idea of arming teachers

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US President Donald Trump met survivors and families of the victims that were killed in the Florida school shooting and suggested that teachers and staff members should be provided with arms to avert such massacres, the media reported.

Trump’s comment came during a White House “listening session” on Wednesday which was attended by families and students including six survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a 19-year-old man Nikolas Cruz armed with an assault rifle killed 17 people on February 14, reports CNN.

The event brought Trump face-to-face with students and parents who have demanded action on gun violence.

“If you had a teacher who was adept with the firearm, they could end the attack very quickly,” he said, stating that schools could arm up to 20 per cent of their teachers to stop “maniacs” who may try and attack them.

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“This would be obviously only for people who were very adept at handling a gun, and it would be, it’s called concealed carry, where a teacher would have a concealed gun on them. They’d go for special training and they would be there and you would no longer have a gun-free zone,” Trump said. “Gun-free zone to a maniac — because they’re all cowards — a gun-free zone is ‘let’s go in and let’s attack because bullets aren’t coming back at us’.”

The event brought Trump face-to-face with students and parents who have demanded action on gun violence.
The event brought Trump face-to-face with students and parents who have demanded action on gun violence. Wikimedia Commons

Acknowledging that the idea was controversial, Trump said that his administration would give it serious study.

The President also called for more mental institutions and hospitals in addition to the idea of arming teachers.

Trump’s idea of arming teachers and school staff was met with support from many of the attendees, CNN reported.

Fred Abt, the father of Parkland shooting survivor Carson Abt, said he had discussed with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that rather than waiting for first responders to arrive, it would be more efficient to have firearms locked on school campuses.

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“One possible solution, which may not be very popular, would be to have people in the school, teachers, administrators who have volunteered to have a firearm safely locked in the classroom who are given training throughout the year,” he said.

“There are plenty of teachers who are already licensed to carry firearms, have them raise their hands to volunteer for the training, and when something like this starts, the first responders are already on campus.

Andrew Pollack, a father of one of the 17 victims who died in the Florida shooting, said he was speaking because his daughter couldn’t.

“We as a country failed our children…

This shouldn’t happen.”

The President, flanked by the students, went around the room and shook hands before commencing the session.

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Trump also later tweeted he would “always remember” the event, adding “we must keep our children safe”.

“I will always remember the time I spent today with courageous students, teachers and families,” he tweeted, along with a link to the full event.

“So much love in the midst of so much pain. We must not let them down. We must keep our children safe!!” (IANS)