Reading tea leaves on early presidential voting, here's who's gaining so far

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The surge of early voting -- which could see one-third of the nation's voters turn out before Election Day -- is giving Hillary Clinton an important boost in swing states.

"All the data we are seeing suggests that Clinton is doing as well, if not better, than Obama in many, if not most, places," said Patrick Murray, director of...Read more

'It's going be a close election,' Clinton tells South Florida crowd

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COCONUT CREEK, Fla. -- With polls suggesting she's pulling ahead of Donald Trump in Florida, Hillary Clinton traveled to South Florida Tuesday and delivered her strongest pitch yet for U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy while urging voters not to grow over-confident.

"It's going to be a close election," she said at Broward College's Coconut ...Read more

4 reasons Trump won't be able to pull off a Brexit-like surprise victory

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WASHINGTON -- As a majority of public polls paint a bleak picture for Donald Trump's path to the White House, he is giving his supporters hope with a single word: Brexit.

The Republican is predicting that a silent majority of supporters not reflected in polls will deliver him a surprise victory, much like the result of the British referendum in...Read more

Trump says he has no interest in launching Trump TV

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Tamping down speculation about what he will do if he loses the election, Donald Trump said Tuesday he has no intention of starting a media empire.

"I have no interest in Trump TV," Trump told an Ohio radio host. "I hear it all over the place, and you know, I have a tremendous fan base. ... But I just don't have any interest in that. I have one ...Read more

Who's bankrolling Murphy and Rubio?

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Florida's Senate race is becoming one of the most expensive in the state's history, with Sen. Marco Rubio raising about $20 million and his Democratic opponent Rep. Patrick Murphy raising about $11 million.

Rubio also had almost twice as much cash on hand as of Sept. 30 according to Federal Election Commission documents, with Murphy having $2.8...Read more

Mushroom cloud reappears in anti-Trump ad from Bill Bradley-backed PAC

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NEW YORK -- Bill Bradley, the former Democratic senator from New Jersey and a long-time vociferous critic of super PACs, has formed just such a group to go after Donald Trump in the final weeks before Election Day with a TV ad that invokes one of the most powerful political attacks in American history.

In September 1964, Lyndon B. Johnson's ...Read more

David Duke to debate at historically black college

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Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard and current Louisiana Senate candidate David Duke will participate in a debate at historically black Dillard University.

Duke qualified by getting 5.1 percent in a poll commissioned by the media company that will carry the debate statewide. Candidates had to draw at least 5 percent to qualify for the Nov. 2 ...Read more

Clinton readies post-election push on highways, corporate taxes

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WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's brightening White House prospects have cleared a path for her to pursue a $275 billion infrastructure plan that would be paid for by corporate tax-law changes, a central part of a broad agenda that has been overshadowed by her attacks on Republican rival Donald Trump.

The rising likelihood of a Clinton presidency...Read more

Against Trump but for GOP Senate candidate

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CAMP HILL, Pa. -- Sharon Sybrandt thinks Donald Trump is "fat," ugly," and a "whack job." But her disgust with the Republican presidential nominee doesn't mean she'll vote against the GOP down ticket -- to the relief of her home-state senator, Patrick J. Toomey.

"I will vote Republican for everyone else entirely to counteract Hillary," said the...Read more

Fact-checking arguments against the Democratic presidential nominee

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WASHINGTON -- The Idaho Statesman endorsed Hillary Clinton last week, and the nod caused a furor among some readers. The McClatchy Washington Bureau selected nine arguments against Clinton from comments on the Stateman's website and fact-checked them. Some of the arguments have been edited for length.

--She (Clinton) ignored 600 imminent ...Read more

Florida is starting to slip away from Trump

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CASSELBERRY, Fla. -- Donald Trump's prospects in Florida are starting to slip away.

The key reason is Republicans themselves. Interviews with more than 80 voters and party officials along the pivotal corridor across central Florida from Orlando to Tampa since the final debate last week reveal a party torn over its own nominee, and candidates ...Read more

GOP's Hispanic outreach could blunt Trump effect in Senate races

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LAS VEGAS -- If Donald Trump loses in November, one main factor will be the way he alienated Hispanic voters. But many of those same Hispanic voters could still give Republicans a chance to hold on to the Senate.

That's because Republicans have spent the past few years reaching out to Hispanic voters in swing states, an effort that may help ...Read more

Rubio, Murphy Senate race attracting big campaign dollars

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- With control of the U.S. Senate at stake, money pouring into the race between Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy is outpacing Florida's past congressional elections.

Rubio's campaign has raised about $20 million and Murphy's campaign raised $11 million through Sept. 30, according to recent filings to the ...Read more

Obama says he watched video of Trump's lewd comments on women

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President Barack Obama says he knew right away the video of Donald Trump crudely describing unwanted advances on women would change the presidential election.

The president said on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Monday night that he listened to the Republican presidential nominee's comments on Oct. 7, the day the video was made public by The ...Read more

Trump cherry-picks polls to rally supporters

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Faced with the nearly impossible task of catching up to Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump is devoting his energy to a supercharged schedule of rallies, small-group meetings and local news interviews.

Just about everywhere he went Monday, he expressed worry that news coverage about his lagging poll numbers will keep his supporters ...Read more

Poll: Racial discrimination, Supreme Court are influencing voters more than the economy

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WASHINGTON -- Political strategists have long known that some issues can be important to voters but have little effect on who they vote for. Other issues can motivate both sides in an election, while still others move partisans on one side more than the other.

The University of Southern California/Los Angeles Times "Daybreak" poll provides new ...Read more

Early voting in Florida kicks off with eager voters, some glitches

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MIAMI -- Early voting kicked off in South Florida on Monday with voters eager to cast ballots and encountering short to moderate lines, with only a few first-day glitches.

With numerous local and statewide questions on the ballot, including five constitutional amendments and a seat in the U.S. Senate, many voters expressed a desire to perform ...Read more

Pennsylvania GOP sues over rules for poll watchers

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PITTSBURGH -- Just what the 2016 election needed: A bit of last-minute political drama. This time, it's thanks to the state Republican Party, which has filed a lawsuit that seeks to overturn state rules governing Election Day poll watchers.

State GOP spokeswoman Megan Sweeney called the lawsuit "a commonsense remedy to ensure the fairest ...Read more

Trump launches nightly campaign broadcast via Facebook Live

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump launched a nightly Facebook Live program Monday, amid speculation that the Republican presidential nominee is plotting some sort of media channel should he lose the election Nov. 8.

Trump's campaign blasted out an email to supporters shortly before 6:30 p.m. ET, alerting them about "Trump Tower Live," which the email ...Read more

Obama's campaign mission: Protect legacy, pummel GOP — oh, and elect Hillary Clinton

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MIAMI -- Something is missing from President Barack Obama's list.

"Progress is on the ballot," he said at a campaign rally here last week. "Tolerance is on the ballot. Justice is on the ballot. Equality is on the ballot. Our democracy is on the ballot!"

It's not as if Obama forgot that Hillary Clinton, the nominee he is campaigning for, is ...Read more