Posted on 4th Nov 2016 by adebayo
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have made renewed attacks on each other’s fitness for office as polls suggest the race for the White House is tightening.
Mrs Clinton – who has seen her national opinion poll lead shrink in recent days – targeted her Republican rival’s temperament and attitude to women.
Mr Trump claimed she would be followed into the White House by criminal investigations.
He was boosted by a rare campaign appearance by his wife Melania.
In her first speech since July’s Republican convention, the former model spoke about being an immigrant and a mother and said her husband would “make America fair”.
She also vowed, in a speech in the Philadelphia suburbs, to lead a campaign against cyber-bullying if she becomes first lady, and to combat a culture that has “gotten too mean and too rough”.
She made no reference to her husband’s record of name-calling on social media.
The BBC poll of polls looks at the five most recent national polls and takes the median value, i.e, the value between the two figures that are higher and two figures that are lower.
Mr Trump has gained ground on Mrs Clinton in a number of swing states, such as Florida and North Carolina, according to polls.
Some national tracker polls are now suggesting the two candidates are neck-and-neck.
The Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project estimates Mrs Clinton’s odds of winning the necessary 270 Electoral College votes on Tuesday at about 90%, down from 95% last week.
The momentum appears to be with Mr Trump, who has joked about having to stay on message, as the final weekend of campaigning approaches.
He has capitalised on a new FBI investigation into a Clinton aide’s emails.
“Here we go again with the Clintons – you remember the impeachment and the problems,” Mr Trump said at a rally in Jacksonville, Florida, his fourth appearance in the state.
“That’s not what we need in our country, folks. We need someone who is ready to go to work.”
Later, at a night-time rally in North Carolina, he delivered a speech on defence in which he said he could not imagine Mrs Clinton as commander-in-chief.
Mrs Clinton continued to focus on Mr Trump’s character, telling a rally in North Carolina: “He has spent this entire campaign offering a dog whistle to his most hateful supporters.
“This has never happened to a nominee of a major party.”
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