An opinion poll has put Donald Trump ahead of Hillary Clinton with less than a week to go before the November 8 US presidential election.
The Republican scored a one point lead (46%) over his Democratic rival (45%) in a random telephone survey of just over 1100 likely voters. (ABC/Washington Post)
Democratic campaign aides have dismissed the result.
The US president is not elected in a direct nationwide vote but based on state-by-state results. Therefore it is quite possible for a candidate to secure a majority of votes, but be beaten to the White House based on the distribution of his or her supporters.More on how the election works
Both main candidates have been out and about drumming up support in crucial swing states. With analysts predicting early voters are more likely to have backed Clinton, Trump is urging them to change their ballots.
“So if you live here, or in Michigan or Pennsylvania or Minnesota, those four places, you can change your vote to Donald Trump and we’ll make America great again, OK? She is not going to make America great again,” Trump told supporters at a rally.
Those four states – Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania – do allow early vote switches but the practice is extremely rare, according to the Early Voting Information Center at Reed College.
In a show of support for his former US Secretary of State, President Barack Obama has hit the campaign trail. With Clinton wounded by FBI email disclosures, it is hoped Obama can work some of his magic.
“Has she made mistakes? Of course. So have I. There is nobody in the public arena over the course of 30 years who doesn’t make some, but she is a fundamentally good and decent person who knows what she’s doing and will be an outstanding president,” encouraged President Obama.
Meanwhile Clinton has been concentrating on swing state Florida. Her aides are telling her that if she wins there it’s in the bag.
Back in 2000 it was where an election was won and lost and the state could be centre stage once again.