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    In this Sept. 26, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shake hands during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

    Media Paints ‘Definite’ Victory for Hillary Clinton Two Weeks Ahead of Elections

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    A Reuters/Ipsos poll claims Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton is on a “definite” path to the White House with a roughly 95% chance of winning, two weeks before the November 8 election.

    As the presidential race comes into its most tense stage, with only weeks to go before the November elections, the US media act as though the Democratic candidate has already won. The Blaze is only one of the media outlets citing the Reuters/Ipsos poll claiming Clinton is "on a definite path to the White House."

    According to the survey, if the presidential election were held this week, Clinton would win 326 Electoral College votes while Republican nominee Donald Trump would win only 212. To win the presidency, a candidate must secure 270 electoral votes, which is a minimum majority of the 538 available votes.

    According to Reuters, polling during the third presidential debate "showed Clinton winning the third and final face-off on prime-time TV." Trump disputes those findings.

    There's a plenty of room for dispute, actually, since a USC Dornsife/ LA Times "Daybreak" tracking poll published October 23 showed Trump 0.3% ahead of his rival.

    This poll is at odds with other major polls because of a different polling technique. Instead of asking a yes or no question like other polls do, Daybreak asks respondents to measure the likelihood of their voting for a candidate on a scale from 0 to 100. This technique proved itself during Barack Obama's 2012 campaign, when it predicted the current US president's win with a high degree of accuracy.

    On October 19, this poll put Trump's rating at 44.9%, promising him a narrow victory when compared to Clinton's 43.3%.

    However, many US voters seem to doubt the upcoming elections will be fair. Another poll by Politico/Morning Consult conducted earlier this month found that roughly 41% of those polled believe the election could be "stolen" from the Republican nominee.

    The Republican nominee has made repeated claims that the election will be rigged, urging supporters to monitor polling stations.

    According to Danielle Lang of the Campaign Legal Center, polls in the US in general are facing substantial challenges.

    "It's really important to have educated poll workers. I think this is an understated way that citizens can participate," Lang said. "Poll workers are desperately needed. They are our gatekeepers."


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