Saturday 17 February 2018

Sharp increase in early Hispanic vote for Hillary spells further bad news for Trump campaign

Hillary Clinton with pop star Katy Perry in Philadelphia Picture: Getty
Hillary Clinton with pop star Katy Perry in Philadelphia Picture: Getty

Nick Allen

Hillary Clinton's hopes of winning the White House were further boosted yesterday after a strong increase in support among Hispanic voters.

Her campaign said it had "tremendous momentum" among Hispanic voters, who were heading to the polls in unprecedented numbers in battleground states such as Florida and Nevada.

A series of nationwide polls showed Mrs Clinton had a lead of up to five points over her rival Donald Trump.

In the final NBC News/ 'Wall Street Journal' poll of the marathon presidential election campaign, Mrs Clinton was up four points over Mr Trump. The ABC/ 'Washington Post' tracking poll placed Mrs Clinton up five percentage points.

Mr Trump was up by a point in that poll a week ago after an FBI disclosure that it was investigating more Clinton-related emails.

More than 40 million early voters have already cast their ballots. Mrs Clinton was winning 51pc to 43pc in the early vote, according to polls. It was much closer among those yet to cast their ballot.

Analysts said there had been a sharp increase in the Hispanic vote in several key states which would help Mrs Clinton. In Arizona, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina and Nevada more than half of voters had done so. In Florida, 600,000 Hispanics had already voted, an increase of 129pc from 2008. Nevada also saw long queues at polling stations in Hispanic areas of Las Vegas.

Senator Lindsey Graham, an anti-Trump Republican, said: "The story of this election may be the mobilisation of the Hispanic vote."

David Damore, a political science professor at the University of Nevada, a state with a large Latin population, described Mr Trump's message to Hispanics as "a disaster".

"Even if you buy his message on the economy - that he will help bring back jobs - it means little after he's promised to build a wall along the border and deport your family."

Mrs Clinton continued attempts to encourage young people to vote with high profile performances by celebrities. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, people queued for five hours to see Mrs Clinton's 'get out the vote' concert with Katy Perry. Perry wore a coat emblazoned with the words "I'm with Madam President" .

Meanwhile, it was reported over the weekend that Mrs Clinton's maid was asked to print out confidential emails containing sensitive government information when she was US Secretary of State. Marina Santos, a Filipino immigrant who worked for Mrs Clinton at her Washington home, also collected documents from a secure fax machine in a special room, which included briefings ahead of calls with foreign leaders.

The revelation that her maid had access to government information came as the FBI said a recent review of newly discovered emails did not change the agency's conclusion reached in July that no charges were warranted in the case of Mrs Clinton's use of a private email server. (© Daily Telegraph London)

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