Date
8 December 2016
US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally in Wilton Manors, Florida, On Oct. 30. Photo: Reuters
US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally in Wilton Manors, Florida, On Oct. 30. Photo: Reuters

Poll: Clinton enjoys solid lead in early voting

Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 15 percentage points among early voters surveyed in the past two weeks in the US presidential election, according to a survey.

Though data is not available for all early voting states, democratic nominee Clinton enjoys an edge in swing states such as Ohio and Arizona and in Republican Party strongholds such as Georgia and Texas, the Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project finds.

An estimated 19 million Americans have voted so far in the election, according to the University of Florida’s United States Election Project, accounting for as much as 20 percent of the electorate.

Overall, Clinton remained on track to win a majority of votes in the Electoral College, the Reuters/Ipsos survey found.

Having so many ballots locked down before the Nov. 8 election is good news for the Clinton campaign.

On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that it is examining newly discovered emails belonging to Clinton’s close aide, Huma Abedin.

Those emails were found on a computer belonging to Anthony Weiner, Abedin’s estranged husband, during an unrelated investigation into illicit messages he is alleged to have sent to a teenage girl.

The Reuters/Ipsos survey was conducted before the news emerged Friday afternoon.

It remains unclear whether the FBI inquiry will upset the balance in the race, Reuters noted.

Clinton has held a lead averaging four to seven percentage points in polls in recent weeks as the Trump campaign wrestled with accusations by women of groping and other sexual advances.

Trump has said none of the accusations are true. He also struggled in the recent presidential debates and faced questions about his taxes.

As of Thursday, Clinton’s odds of receiving the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency remained at greater than 95 percent, according to the survey.

The project estimated she would win by 320 votes to 218, with 278 votes solidly for the Democrat.

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