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US Presidential Election: Hillary Clinton commanding advantage over Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton appears on the cusp of a potentially commanding victory over Donald Trump, fuelled by solid Democratic turnout in early voting, massive operational advantages and increasing enthusiasm among her supporters.

A new AP-GfK poll released Wednesday finds that Clinton has grabbed significant advantages over her Republican rival with just 12 days left before Election Day. Among them: consolidating the support of her party and even winning some Republicans.

 US Presidential Election: Hillary Clinton commanding advantage over Donald Trump

File image of Donald Trump with Hillary Clinton. Reuters

Overall, the poll shows Clinton leading Trump nationally by a staggering 14 percentage points among likely voters, 51-37. That margin is the largest national lead for Clinton among recent surveys. Most have generally shown her ahead of Trump for the past several weeks.

The AP-GfK poll finds that Clinton has secured the support of 90 percent of likely Democratic voters, and also has the backing of 15 percent of more moderate Republicans. Just 79 percent of all Republicans surveyed say they are voting for their party's nominee.

According to a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll, Clinton has built a formidable lead over Trump approaching 10 percentage points.

According to the USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll, Hillary now leads Trump among likely voters by 49 percent-39 percent in a two-way race. Support for third-party candidates has been cut in half since late August, a trend that, the report states, is common for as voting nears.

But according to a Fox News poll, Clinton has a narrow lead of just three-point, at 44-41 percent. According to the report, her lead has been cut down by three points since last week.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday and conducted from 20 October to 24 October found that 41 percent of Republicans expected Clinton to win the 8 November election, versus 40 percent who picked Trump.

That reflected a sharp decline in confidence from last month, when 58 percent of Republicans said they thought their party's nominee would win, versus 23 percent who expected Clinton to prevail.

Among Trump's supporters, 49 percent in the latest poll said they believed Trump would win, down from 67 percent who felt that way at the beginning of the month.

According to CNN's latest Poll of Polls, which averages five most recent national surveys, shows Clinton with 47 percent support and Donald Trump at 41 percent.

According to the latest ABC News tracking poll, Clinton leads Trump, 49 to 40 percent, among likely voters. In the previous tracking poll, Clinton had 50 percent to Trump's 38 percent.

According to the latest Google Survey, Clinton lead Trump 39 percent to 34 percent.

With voting already underway in 37 states, Trump's opportunities to overtake Clinton are quickly evaporating — and voters appear to know it.

The millions of votes that have been cast already in the US presidential election point to an advantage for Clinton in critical battleground states, as well as signs of strength in traditionally Republican territory.

The strong early-voting turnout by those likely to support Clinton — registered Democrats, minorities, and young people among others — could leave Trump with virtually no path to the 270 electoral votes needed for victory.

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With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Oct 27, 2016 14:13:59 IST

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