Wednesday 7 December 2016

It's neck and neck for Clinton and Trump

Candidates tied on 46pc as tycoon leads in 'easy' Democratic states

Harriet Alexander in New York

Published 16/09/2016 | 02:30

Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally in Greensboro, North Carolina lat night after she resumed her campaign schedule following a bout with pneumonia. Photo: Brian Snyder
Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally in Greensboro, North Carolina lat night after she resumed her campaign schedule following a bout with pneumonia. Photo: Brian Snyder

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are tied in the race for the White House, with Mrs Clinton's ratings falling following her near-collapse.

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In the first poll released since the incident at a September 11 memorial service, Mrs Clinton and Mr Trump both have 46pc of support among American voters, when the respondees were asked whether they supported the Democrat, Republican or third-party candidate.

Gary Johnson is running for the Libertarians and Jill Stein for the Green Party.

Among likely voters, Mrs Clinton has only a two-point edge in a two-way contest, according to the new CBS/NYT poll. The race is tied when third party candidates are included.

Among the broader electorate of registered voters, Mrs Clinton leads Mr Trump by five points.

Matched against only Mr Trump, 48pc said they would vote for Mrs Clinton, with 43pc choosing the Republican nominee.

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Before Mrs Clinton's stumble on Sunday, she led by a larger margin: the previous Quinnipiac survey, conducted last month, gave her 51pc of support compared with 41pc for her Republican rival.

A poll released on Wednesday put Mr Trump ahead in the vital states of Ohio, Florida and Nevada.

Florida and Nevada, with large Hispanic populations, were seen by the Clinton campaign as easy wins, while she has paid great attention to Ohio.

But Mr Trump's message is resonating in the white working-class state, with his promises to revive American industry finding fertile ground.

Back on the campaign trail yesterday, Mrs Clinton said: "I'm really glad that I did finally follow my doctor's orders and take some days to rest instead of just trying to keep powering through, which I think is a common experience for people."

Mrs Clinton and Mr Trump both released letters from their doctors this week with additional details about their health, including their cholesterol levels, blood pressure and current medications. Both candidates' physicians declared them fit to serve as president.

In releasing a letter from Trump's doctor yesterday, Trump's team appeared to take a swipe at Ms Clinton's brief absence from the campaign trail.

"We are pleased to disclose all the test results which show Mr Trump is in excellent health, and has the stamina to endure - uninterrupted - the rigours of a punishing and unprecedented presidential campaign and, more importantly, the singularly demanding job of president of the United States," the campaign said in a statement.

Trump first provided a summary of a recent physical to Dr Mehmet Oz while taping an episode of Oz's TV show. He said he gets exercise during the campaign by delivering speeches at rallies, calling them "a lot of work" and requiring "a lot of motion".

The Clinton campaign's hand- ling of her pneumonia underscored her penchant for privacy, something that has contributed to the public's lack of trust in the former secretary of state. Less than two months from election day, that has contributed to a race that is tighter than many expected.

Mrs Clinton's communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, said her boss's break from the campaign trail helped her "sharpen the final argument she will present to voters in these closing weeks".

Mrs Clinton's remarks yesterday were to focus on lifting up children and families, as the campaign tries to break through with a more positive message.

Mr Trump was delivering a speech in New York, vowing to boost the nation's economy by 3.5pc - well above current projections - and create 25 million new jobs.

Antibiotic

The new letter from Mrs Clinton's doctor stated that a chest scan revealed she had "mild, non-contagious bacterial pneumonia". Dr Lisa Bardack, of CareMount Medical in Mount Kisco, New York, said she was treated with a 10-day course of Levaquin, an antibiotic used to treat infections.

"She is recovering well with antibiotics and rest," said Dr Bardack, who also wrote a letter about Mrs Clinton's health released in July last year. "She continues to remain healthy and fit to serve as president of the United States."

Mrs Clinton (68) has blood pressure of 100 over 70. Her total cholesterol was 189; her LDL or "bad" cholesterol was 103, and her HDL or "good" cholesterol was 56 - all within healthy levels and not signalling the need for any medication.

Trump's doctor said the Rep- ublican has a body mass index falling into the "overweight" range. The 70-year-old has blood pressure of 116 over 70 and his total cholesterol is 169.

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