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Donald Trump woos African-American community

Aiming to make a dent in the support base of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has urged the African-American community, which had steadfastly backed the former in primaries, to join his campaign for a “better future”.

“Tonight, I am asking for the vote of every African-American citizen in this country who wants a better future,” Trump on Friday said at an election rally in Michigan during which he alleged that Clinton has done “nothing for them”.

“No group in America has been more harmed by Hillary Clinton’s policies than African-Americans. If Hillary Clinton’s goal was to inflict pain on the African-American community, she couldn’t have done a better job,” Trump said. Latest polls suggests that Clinton has support of over 90 per cent of African-Americans, while Trump has little or negligible support in the large community where unemployment rate is very high and so is poverty.

“Look at how much African-American communities are suffering from democratic control. To those I say the follow, what do you have to lose by trying something new like Trump? What do you have to lose?” he asked amidst huge applause from the audience.

“Look, what do you have to lose? You live in your poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 per cent of your youth is unemployed, what the hell do you have to lose? And at the end of four years, I guarantee you, that I will get over 95 per cent of the African-American vote, I promise you; because I will produce for the African-Americans,” Trump said.

Trump said America must reject the bigotry of Clinton, who sees communities of colour only as votes. 

Clinton consolidates position in three swing states 
Continuing her momentum post conventions, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has consolidated her position in three key swing states, which gives her enough electoral college votes to be the next president of the US, a major US media outlet has said. Clinton, 68, has strengthened her position in three swing States of New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Virginia having a total of 37 electoral college votes, according to CNN. 

“That adds 37 more electoral votes to Clinton’s total and puts her at 273 electoral votes ­ just ahead of the needed 270 electoral votes to win the White House,” said David Chalian, CNN political director. 

If Trump was to win all the remaining battleground states on the map, he’d still be shy of the 270 votes needed to win the White House which means he is going to have to pick off at least one of the states currently leaning in Clinton’s direction in addition to running the table in those battlegrounds, he wrote. However, things might change between now and November 8 when Americans would go out to vote to elect their 45th president. A latest Pew poll showed Clinton’s lead over Trump has come down from nine per cent to four per cent.
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