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With 12-point lead, Hillary Clinton surges ahead in latest poll

The poll shows Clinton with 50 per cent support to Trump's 38 per cent, with 5 per cent backing Libertarian Gary Johnson and 2 per cent supporting the Green Party's Jill Stein, CNN reported.

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As the race for the White House nears the D-Day on November 8,  US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has now secured a possibly decisive a 12-point lead over her rival Republican Donald Trump. It has reached 50 per cent support nationally among likely voters, a new ABC News tracking poll shows.

The poll shows Clinton with 50 per cent support to Trump’s 38 per cent, with 5 per cent backing Libertarian Gary Johnson and 2 per cent supporting the Green Party’s Jill Stein, CNN reported.

The poll comes on the heels of the third presidential debate, which a post-debate CNN/ORC snap poll showed Clinton won.

The ABC News survey’s results show Clinton with a 20-point advantage among women, and a three-point edge with men — a group that has tilted toward Trump for most of the 2016 race.

Clinton leads among voters of all education levels — but her three-point advantage with those without college degrees is smaller than her 20-point lead among voters with college degrees.

Trump’s strongest group remains white, non-college educated voters, who back him 55 per cent to 36 per cent.

The ABC News poll was conducted October 20-22 and includes 874 likely voters. Its margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. It is significant and could swing the outcome of the polls on the  D-Day.

Clinton, who drew support from 50 per cent of voters in the poll, was openly dismissive of Mr. Trump over the weekend, telling reporters on Saturday that she no longer worried about answering his attacks. “I debated him for four and a half hours,” she said. “I don’t even think about responding to him anymore.”

Karl Rove, the chief strategist of George W Bush’s successful presidential campaigns, said on Sunday on Fox News that he no longer believed Trump had a realistic path to victory against Clinton. “I don’t see it happening,”  Rove said.

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