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Joe Raedle/Getty Images(SANFORD, Fla.) -- As Donald Trump campaigned in central Florida on Tuesday, he made his usual appeal to African-Americans, painting a grim and partially inaccurate portrait of black communities.

"African-Americans are living in hell in the inner cities," he said. "They are living -- they are living in hell. You walk to the store for a loaf of bread you get shot.”

But his comment today struck a particularly tone-deaf chord. Trump was in Sanford, Fla., where teenager Trayvon Martin had been killed four years earlier by a neighborhood watchman while walking home after getting a pack of Skittles.

Trump has garnered criticism for how he’s reached out to African-Americans, with whom his support remains low according to all major polls. He often makes his appeals in front of almost all-white crowds, harping on conditions in inner cities, neglecting to appeal to other African-Americans who don’t live in inner cities.

Across the country, the data show that more African-Americans live in suburbs than anywhere else.

During the second presidential debate, James Carter, a black man asked Trump if he believed he could be a devoted president to all the people in the United States.

Trump responded: “I will be a president for all of our people. And I’ll be a president that will turn our inner cities around.”

Some have bristled at the imagery Trump has used to appeal to African-Americans, saying it is only representative of a slice of the African-American community and disregards the wealth, education, and status that Black Americans have achieved.

Census data from 2015 show that 52.9 percent of African-Americans 25 or older have a college degree of some sort. And a report from Pew in December showed that, compared with other racial or ethnic groups, African-American adults saw the largest improvement in income status from 1971 to 2015 and were the only racial or ethnic group that saw a decline in the percentage of low-income earners.

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Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- It's on!

Donald Trump taunted Joe Biden during a rally in Florida Tuesday night, saying that he would "love" if the "tough guy" vice president "wants to take me to the back of the barn."

"Did you see where Biden wants to take me to the back of the barn," Trump told the crowd in Tallahassee. "I'd love that. I'd love that. Mr. Tough Guy. You know he's Mr. Tough Guy. You know when he's Mr. Tough Guy -- when he's standing behind a microphone by himself. That's when. He wants to bring me to the back of the barn ohhh."

Trump made the comments in response to an impassioned Biden saying that if he were in high school, he'd like to take the GOP candidate "behind the gym" for his comments about women and being caught on video tape bragging about how he can grope women because he's "a star."

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ABC News(SANFORD, Fla.) -- Donald Trump defended his characterization of the presidential election as “rigged” today, noting that his warnings of voter fraud in major cities echoed those of a prior presidential candidate: Barack Obama.

Trump, speaking at a campaign rally on an airport tarmac in central Florida, described a television clip of Obama he said he viewed Monday evening, showing the then-Illinois senator campaigning during his first presidential run.

“Do you remember what I said, that some of the voting is rigged? OK. Everybody knows. Check out Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis,” said Trump. “And [Obama] said, ‘This is a threat to our system. This is terrible. This is a threat.’”

Trump then attempted to imitate the president, lowering his voice and speaking at a slower pace, saying, “I know because I come from Chicago.”

“This guy is such a phony guy,” added Trump. “What a phony. What a phony group.”

In the clip of Obama aired by Fox News’ “Hannity” Monday, the future president fields a question at a campaign event in Ohio in September 2008.

Asked what he can say to “reassure” the crowd that “the election will not be rigged or stolen,” Obama first makes a joke that in Ohio, “the Democrats are in charge of the machines.” It was unclear which election he was referring to.

“I come from Chicago. So I want to be honest. It's not as if it's just Republicans who have monkeyed around with elections in the past. Sometimes Democrats have too,” continued Obama. “You know, whenever people are in power, you know, they have this tendency to try to, you know, tilt things in their direction.”

The real estate mogul’s criticism of both the President and first lady Michelle Obama has increased in recent days as the two have ramped up public appearances in support of Democrat Hillary Clinton.

“We have a president, all he wants to do is campaign, his wife, all she wants to do is campaign,” said Trump last Friday in North Carolina.

Obama previously advised Trump to “stop whining” in regard to claims of a rigged election while speaking to the press at the White House on October 18.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Hillary Clinton has been bringing out the proverbial big guns when it comes to her surrogate supporters -- including President Obama, first Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

At the same time, GOP candidate Donald Trump appears to be leaning less on the heavy hitters he touted earlier in the campaign, including former rivals Dr. Ben Carson and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as well as former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

The differences in the surrogate game between their campaigns appear to be stark just two weeks before the election.

On Trump's side, Carson is still making appearances on TV and the trail, though significantly less frequently. Gingrich was a public part of the surrogate crew, but has virtually disappeared from the roster, though he is still posting on social media about Trump and writes op-eds for Fox News which praise Trump.

Christie, who also used to make regular public appearances -- whether it be on cable news or introducing Trump at rallies -- is still a part of the campaign and a constant presence behind the scenes, though he has effectively stopped making public appearances.

While Christie is still a frequent guest at Trump Tower, his former full-throated defense of Trump appears to have tempered, as seen when he was recently asked if he was proud of the campaign that Trump was running.

Christie and Gingrich, who were both openly considered as possible Trump's vice presidential contenders, were arguably two of his best known surrogates and while they still make some appearances, the frequency and vigor of those appearances has decreased.

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani has been a strong and consistent supporter of Trump, even of late. Giuliani was the one to make several morning show appearances on the day of the second presidential debate, shortly after the release of the 2005 audio recording where Trump is heard bragging about his ability to grope women.

John Hudak, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said that there has been a shift in Trump's surrogate operation since the Republican National Convention in July.

"That shift is remarkable and I think it’s happening for one of two reasons: one is that these surrogates are looking at the writing on the wall and trying to quietly distance themselves from a campaign that is clearly losing," Hudak told ABC News.

"The other is that Trump doesn't think that they're being effective and he is pulling them from the trail because he doesn't think that they're doing a good job," he said.

There are two different reasons why Clinton could be pulling out all of her heavy-hitting stars in recent weeks, which also include former rival Sen. Bernie Sanders and most recently Sen.Elizabeth Warren who spoke ahead of Clinton in New Hampshire on Monday.

"She's doing two things by bringing out all of the high-powered surrogates: one is really crafting an effective 'Get Out The Vote' campaign. These are not just popular Democrats, but they are people who really know how to bring out the troops," Hudak said.

"The other is she probably assumes she will be president and now needs that turnout effort to get herself a Democratic Senate. And for some, that's an easier sell because even Democrats who are skeptical of her -- including possibly Warren, Sanders, and even Biden -- can be more easily coaxed to come help when the Senate is on the line."

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Paul Morigi/Getty Images(WESTBURY, N.Y.) -- Colin Powell is with her.

The former secretary of state revealed today at the Long Island Association Fall Luncheon that he intends to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, according to Powell's spokesperson.

The retired four-star general joins a small number of prominent Republican figures who have either crossed party lines to support Clinton or refuse to support Donald Trump. This is the third time in recent history that Powell has supported a Democratic candidate over his own party's nominee. In 2008 and 2012, Powell, who served under George W. Bush's administration, endorsed Barack Obama for president.

Powell pointed to Clinton’s experience and stamina as reasons why he’s voting for her, according to a local reporter who was at the luncheon. Powell said Trump wasn’t qualified to be president and said Trump “insults us every day.”

Boom. Colin Powell says he will vote for Hillary Clinton. Says will serve w/ distinction and cites experience and stamina

— Robert Brodsky (@BrodskyRobert) October 25, 2016

Colin Powell on Donald Trump: "he insults us every day." Says he insults his supporters w/ his actions

— Robert Brodsky (@BrodskyRobert) October 25, 2016

In emails from his private account that were hacked and then released in September, Powell blasted Trump as a “national disgrace” who engaged in a “racist” movement against President Obama.

A representative for Powell told ABC News the emails, which were first seen and reported on by Buzzfeed, were "accurate."

After Powell’s emails were made public, Trump said in an interview with Howard Kurtz he was not “a fan" of Powell and blamed him for leading America "down a very horrible path" in the lead up to the Iraq War.

In those same private emails, however, Powell also criticizes Clinton.

In an email from July 2014, Powell wrote, "I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect."

He also described Clinton as “a 70-year person with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational.” In another email he wrote, “Everything HRC touches she kind of screws up with hubris."

Powell has also had more public tension with the Clinton campaign. Clinton's campaign likes to point to Powell in defending Clinton's use of a private email account, arguing Powell kept a personal account as well.

Powell knocked Clinton's campaign, telling People magazine in August, Clinton's people "have been trying to pin it on me.”

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Estelle Liebow Schultz(ROCKVILLE, Md.) -- Estelle Liebow Schultz was born in 1918, two years before women gained the right to vote. When she cast her early vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election this month, Schultz said it was an historic moment.

"I felt like a million bucks," Schultz, 98, told ABC News from her home in Rockville, Maryland, where she plans to watch election returns on Nov. 8.

Schultz, whose first presidential vote was cast for Franklin Delano Roosevelt, said she "never did" think she would vote for a woman for president.

Schultz's granddaughter, Sarah Bunin Benor, of Los Angeles, said she believes the potential of seeing Clinton as president is keeping Schultz alive.

"She was in the hospital about one-and-a-half years ago and was diagnosed with a heart condition and was told she only had six months to live," Benor said. "She kept saying, 'I want to live long enough to vote,' and now she wants to see [Clinton] get inaugurated so it's almost like she's living for this election."

Shultz also said she looks forward to the possibility of seeing Clinton's inauguration. "I hope I live that long," she said. "I would like to."

Schultz asked her granddaughter to share a photo of her voting for Clinton by absentee ballot on Facebook earlier this month. The post received 2,000 likes and sparked an idea in the minds of Benor and her mother, Roberta Benor, who is Schultz's daughter.

The pair recruited two friends, Tom Fields-Meyer and Shawn Fields-Meyer, to create the website "I Waited 96 Years." The website features the photos and stories of women like Schultz who were born before the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote was ratified in 1920.

The website has a submission page for women, or their family or caregivers, to submit a photo and a quote on what it was like to vote for Clinton for president.

"We wanted to have it in the first person, in their own words, partly because often people think of really old people as not having much agency, of being disabled," Benor said. "We wanted to highlight that many of them are still thinking strongly about these things."

The website so far has nearly 20 submissions from women across the country ranging in age from 96 to 105-years-old.

A photo of Stellajoe Staebler, 100, of Centralia, Washington, was submitted by one of her three daughters. Staebler was born in 1916 and remarked, "I am grateful that at the age of 100 I'm still able to vote and that there is a highly qualified woman to vote for."

"She thought about that and how she was proud to be able to vote for a woman," Staebler's daughter, Jo Ann Staebler, told ABC News. "She was also proud to have voted for the first person of color."

Staebler voted for both President Obama and Clinton, but she has also voted for Republican presidential candidates in her lifetime. Her vote for Clinton on Sunday marked her 20th presidential election.

Jo Ann Staebler said her mom, who never went to college but was a longtime community advocate for environmental, immigration and peace issues, keeps up with the election and believes Clinton is the better candidate.

Garvin Colburn, 96, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, said she submitted her ballot for Clinton because she also believes Clinton is the best candidate.

"She votes for the best person, whichever candidate that is," Colburn's daughter, Cecilia Coburn, told ABC News. "She's 96 and wanted to be sure that she went to vote."

Colburn was born the year women gained the right to vote and has not missed an election in which she was eligible to vote.

"She had a wonderful time," Colburn said of her mom's voting experience this year.

Clinton, who has served as First Lady, U.S. senator and U.S. Secretary of State, has been met at stops throughout the campaign trail by women excited to cast their first vote for a woman president. A 102-year-old retired educator from Arizona, Jerry Emmett, helped announce the state's delegates for Clinton at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia in July.

"I can't believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet," Clinton said to supporters when she secured the Democratic nomination in July.

Estelle Liebow Schultz, whose decision to tell her voting story on Facebook sparked dozens of others to speak out too, said she thinks it is "terrific."

"I think many more women should be heard from," Schultz said.

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Kevin Moloney/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The California National Guard notified Congress and other federal leaders in 2014 that it wanted legislation that would have provided relief to Guardsmen required to pay their re-enlistment bonuses and student loan repayments back to the Pentagon.

News of the bonus repayments has sparked outrage from members of Congress who have called on the Pentagon to stop collecting back from California National Guardsmen.

"The California National Guard cannot waive debts unilaterally, as that authority rests at the federal level," read a statement issued Tuesday by the California Military Department. "In 2014, however, California National Guard leadership did reach out to congressional and other federal leaders to encourage alleviation of these debts. Since recent media reports, many legislative leaders (both state and federal) have expressed an interest in supporting this action to waive the debts."

"We are working with Congressional leaders to support a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that provides relief to Soldiers," the statement continued. "That vote is expected to take place at the end of the calendar year."

According to a congressional official, the California National Guard brought up the issue of bonus repayments in a 2014 letter listing their overall priorities, but that there was no specific follow-up done with relevant congressional offices.

"Anybody who volunteers serve in the armed forces of the United States deserves our gratitude and respect," Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters at a press conference in Paris Tuesday. Carter said he was aware of the bonus issue and "we are going to look into it and resolve it." He said he had asked to Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work to look at the situation which he labeled "a significant issue."

At the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan the National Guard offered bonuses beginning at $10,000 to Guardsmen in highly skilled positions who were willing to re-enlist.

The California National Guard said in the statement that it had audited 30,000 individual records associated with an initial report of fraud committed from 2000 to 2010.

"However, many of the soldiers who received the bonuses acted on good faith resulting from bad information; some, however, knowingly committed fraud" read the California Military Department statement.

Six California Guardsman, including the person who ran the bonus program, served jail time for their involvement in fraudulently issuing payments to Guardsmen who did not qualify for the payments. Another 40 were punished administratively for collusion in receiving payments they were not entitled to receive.

In 2011 the California National Guard created a Soldier Incentive and Assistance Center (SIAC) to look at the cases of affected Guardsmen "who acted in good faith."

"Had the California National Guard not established the SIAC, each soldier that received a bonus would have suffered immediate wage garnishment from the federal government," read the statement. "The SIAC, instead, offered a path of appeal and has helped about 4,000 soldiers retain about $37 million in bonus money."

"Because the California National Guard is unable to unilaterally relieve these debts, the SIAC will continue to advocate for soldiers in the hope they might receive some relief from federal authorities," read the statement from the California Military Department. "We do not see this as a benefit to the soldier, we see this as our duty."

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- While Donald Trump’s non-traditional presidential campaign has attracted its share of criticism from both Democrats and Republicans alike, recent controversies, like the discovery of a video in which Trump is captured making disparaging remarks about women and subsequent claims of sexual assault made against the candidate, have pushed many in the GOP to a breaking point.

An ABC news count of notable Republicans running for election to Congress this year finds 34 candidates who have explicitly stated they will not vote for Trump. Of the 34, 20 are running in competitive elections, defined by ABC’s race ratings as “Tossups” or leaning towards either party. Safe districts and states are termed “Solid.”

Six of the 34 anti-Trump candidates are running for seats in the senate. They include Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio who are locked in tight races to retain their seats, but have taken a slight edge in the polls.

In July 2015, Trump created one of the first controversies of his campaign when he said that McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee and an army veteran who spent over five years as a prisoner of war, was “not a war hero” and that he likes people “who weren’t captured.”

Of the other Republican senate candidates opposed to Trump, Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, and Joe Heck, running to replace Sen. Harry Reid in Nevada, find themselves in races rated as tossups. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, an outspoken critic of Trump, is facing a stiff challenge from Rep. Tammy Duckworth. Their state is rated as “Leans Democratic.”

Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho, the only Republican in a safe race who voiced his intention not to vote for the New York real estate mogul, recently reversed his position. He joins Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska, who is not up for reelection, as members of congress who have flip-flopped after stating they wouldn't vote for Trump.

In house of representatives races, a candidate’s stance on Trump appears to be directly tied to the competitiveness of their district. Of the 10 Republican incumbents running for reelection in congressional districts rated as “Tossups” by ABC News, seven have pledged not to vote for Trump.

Each of the seven races looked to be competitive before the candidates disavowed support for their party’s presidential nominee, indicating that a rebuke of Trump was not the cause of the representative’s electoral trouble, but perhaps a potential solution to attract votes from independents and across party lines.

The majority of the seven races feature one-term members of congress who benefited from Republicans’ strong showing in the 2014 midterm elections, but also Rep. Scott Garrett of New Jersey, a seven-term congressman whose state appears increasingly likely to back Democrat Hillary Clinton at the top of the ballot by a wide margin.

As for other representatives who have turned away from Trump, the most well-known names are both members from Utah, whose large Mormon population has expressed widespread disapproval of the candidate. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform whose 3rd congressional district is safe, and Rep. Mia Love of Utah’s 4th congressional district -- rated “Leans Republican” by ABC News -- both Mormons themselves, have said they will not vote for Trump.

They join one of their state’s U.S. senators, Mike Lee, as well as Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, in pledging not to vote for Trump. Utah is rated by ABC News as a “Tossup” in the presidential race ratings.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks posted on Tuesday an email exchange that it claims shows top Hillary Clinton campaign staff discussing a "swift boat project" aimed at Donald Trump.

“I know you can’t look past Bernie and March primaries -- but who is in charge of the Trump swift boat project? Needs to be ready, funded and unleashed when we decide -- not a half assed scramble,” one of the campaign’s consultants, Joel Johnson, purportedly wrote to Clinton’s communications director, Jen Palmieri, in February of this year.

“Gee. Thanks, Joel. We thought we could half-ass it,” Palmieri purportedly replied, sarcastically.

The term “swift boat” refers to the "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth," a coordinated campaign to discredit then-Sen. John Kerry during his presidential run in 2004. The phrase has become Washington-speak for an attack that is personal, ugly and often untrue.

ABC News reached out to Johnson for comment but did not immediately hear back.

The emails posted Tuesday are among more than 30,000 emails allegedly hacked from accounts of Clinton’s senior staff and dumped over the last few weeks in the WikiLeaks database, though the entire group of emails seems to include several hundred, if not thousands, of duplicates and redundancies.

In response, the Clinton campaign released a statement Tuesday, saying, "In a brazen display of collusion, Russian state owned television continues to promote WikiLeaks' releases even before Assange can do it even after it's been proven beyond any reasonable doubt that the Russians are the source of the purported Podesta material. Given a third opportunity on the debate stage to admit and condemn the Kremlin's actions, Donald Trump refused to do it and instead continues to act as Putin's puppet despite being briefed by U.S. intelligence."

"It is bizarre and disqualifying that he continues to cheer on this attack on our democracy. It is time for Donald Trump to tell the American people what he knows and when he knew it," the statement continued.

The campaign's chief strategist, Joel Benenson, told ABC News' This Week Sunday that he has seen things in the emails that "we know aren't authentic." He declined to elaborate.

Benenson, like most of Clinton’s campaign staff, was quick to pivot to the fact that U.S. intelligence agencies have said Russian actors are responsible for the recent hacks, the targets of which have included U.S. political organizations, such as the Democratic National Committee.

“They are meddling in an American election for the first time in history,” Benenson said during the interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos.

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Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — President Obama appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night, and read a series of Mean Tweets, including one from Republican nominee Donald Trump.

"Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States - @RealDonaldtrump," Obama read, quoting the GOP presidential hopeful. “Well, @RealDonaldTrump, at least I will go down as a president,” Obama quipped.

Obama and Kimmel also had an exchange about the president getting woken up in the middle of the night, which Obama intimated is an infrequent occurrence.

"Every morning, somebody calls and says, it’s your 7 a.m. wake up call. And it works just like a phone," he said. "There have been maybe three to four instances where you do get a call in the middle of the night — like a typhoon."

"But what I don’t do is, I don’t tweet about people who’ve insulted me. I try to sleep so that in the morning I’m actually ready for crises," Obama said, referencing the prolific tweets from Trump.

Obama also touted the capabilities of Hillary Clinton.

"Having worked with her, she is smart as a whip, she works really hard, she cares deeply about working families in this country. And she’s not somebody who thinks the job is about flash and sizzle and making speeches - it’s about getting policy right and making sure that folks are doing a little bit better," he said, contrasting Clinton with Trump.

"And I think in a time when everybody wants to get 100 percent of what they want right now, and if someone doesn’t agree, they’re completely wrong – the brand of politics that Hillary represents – pragmatic, you don’t get everything all at once, you make progress in little pieces – that may not attract as much attention, it’s not something that goes into 140 characters. But I think she will be an outstanding president."

Obama also begged off of questions about a third term in the White House.

"Personally for me, if I were able to run for a third term, Michelle would divorce me," he joked. "So it’s useful that I don’t have that choice to make."

So does Obama wish he had the chance to face Trump on the ballot?

"Hillary’s doing just fine, I am enjoying campaigning on her behalf, and also for Senate and House candidates," he said. "We joke about Trump, but I do think part of reason you’ve seen Michelle passionate in this election, part of the reason we get involved is not just because Hillary’s going to be a great president, but it’s also because there’s something different about the way Trump has operated in the political sphere. I ran against McCain, against Romney. I thought I could do a better job, but they’re both honorable men. And if they won, I wouldn’t worry about generally the course of the country."

"But what we haven’t seen before is somebody questioning integrity of elections and the will of the people, a politics based on putting down in very explicit terms, Muslim Americans who are patriots, or describing women on a 1 to 10 score," he continued. "Regardless of what your political preferences are, there is a certain responsibility and expectation in terms of how you behave."

Obama also dished about actor Bill Murray's visit to the White House last week.

"He came into the Oval Office in a Cubs shirt, and I don’t usually allow that. First of all, most people come in a shirt and tie. I get no tie, but don’t rub it in with a Cubs jersey," Obama insisted.

Obama also said Murray agreed to do a social media skit about signing up for healthcare.

"So we thought of a little skit, decided we were going to putt on the carpet, and somebody grabbed a glass, and he won repeatedly," Obama said. "The glass was rigged. Then he’s giving me tips about putting. Seriously – he’s all, 'I think your right hand’s a little too firm.' He took money from me – I paid him $5. Basically the whole visit was a disaster."

Kimmel asked Obama if it was his money.

"No, I asked somebody," Obama said.

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ABC News Radio(NEW YORK) — Amid the daily din of the 2016 presidential horse-race and the flurry of comments from each of the candidates, it is often difficult to keep track of something basic -- Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's positions on the issues.

Toss in the occasional flip-flop, hedging and dodging and getting a sense of where they stand is potentially even more difficult to determine.

Here is a rundown of where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on 13 key issues:


Clinton and Trump have clear differences on their positions. Clinton supports a “woman’s right to choose” and has indicated she would appoint justices to the Supreme Court who would uphold Roe v. Wade. Trump was previously on the record as being pro-choice, but has maintained a pro-life position throughout his presidential campaign. The Republican nominee said during the primaries there should be a punishment for women who had an abortion, but later clarified he meant the doctor who performed the procedure should be punished.


Both candidates expressed commitment to fighting cyber threats. Trump said he would request a full review of the cyber security policy of the US. Clinton said she would like to avoid a cyber fight with Russia, but would like there to be rules to which all actors adhere.


Clinton’s education policy focuses on eliminating student debt and highlighting good practices in successful schools, instead of closing failing schools. Trump is focusing on giving communities more options by supporting school choice programs and eliminating the Common Core.

Environment/Climate Change/Clean Energy

Clinton and Trump have both come out in support of investing in domestic energy sources. Clinton said climate change is a problem and wants to invest in renewable resources. Trump wants to work with “clean coal” and refocus the EPA on clean air and drinking water.

Family Leave and Child Care

Clinton and Trump both announced plans for maternity leave nationwide. At the urge of his daughter Ivanka, Trump’s plan will offer 6 weeks paid maternity leave and various savings and tax-exempt accounts to help pay for child care. Clinton’s plan offers 12 weeks family leave.

Gun Control

Both candidates are considering enforcing a “no fly, no buy” policy, where people on the terrorist watch list would be unable to buy guns. Clinton will advocate for "sensible" gun reforms included closing the gun show loophole and the online loophole. Trump has received the endorsement of the NRA and said he intends to protect the Second Amendment.


Obamacare has been at the center of the health care debate for years now, and the presidential campaign hasn’t changed that. The differences between Clinton and Trump’s policies when it comes to health care are very stark.


The opioid epidemic that has become a deadly problem in a number of states has emerged as an important issue in this year’s campaign. Clinton and Trump have spoken about tackling the issue from a medical and criminal perspective, one placing more emphasis on treatment specifics than the other.

Immigration and the Refugee Crisis

Millions of Syrians have left their homes seeking asylum from the violence in their home country since the Syrian civil war began. Donald Trump wants to halt the influx of Syrian refugees entering the U.S. while Hillary Clinton wants to increase the number of refugees.

Military Spending

Clinton and Trump see eye-to-eye on one aspect of military spending. They both don’t want to cut defense spending, but how they want to allocate that money differs.

Police Practices

Deadly police shootings and attacks on police officers have raised questions and debate over police practices nationally during this presidential campaign. Trump has repeatedly called himself “the law and order candidate” while Clinton has spoken extensively about how there is a need for renewed trust between police and the communities that they patrol.

Syria and Defeating ISIS

The ongoing fight against ISIS has been a frequent talking point throughout the campaign, with each subsequent global attack prompting more discussion about how best to use American resources. Trump has also spoken at length about the role he alleges that the Obama administration -- which included Clinton for some years -- had in creating the atmosphere where ISIS was able to form.


Trump and Clinton both oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership deal negotiated by the Obama administration, but split on the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement negotiated in the 1990s under George H. W. Bush and ratified by Bill Clinton.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Two weeks before Election Day, the campaign for Hillary Clinton has its eye on the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency -- and then some.

As polls show the Democratic nominee widening her lead over Republican Donald Trump, her campaign is aiming not just to win the White House on Nov. 8, but to have decisive victories up and down the ballot.

“We want to win by as a large a margin as we can,” Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon told ABC News. “Then I think we want to build on that to try to get things done,” he said.

A decisive victory in the presidential race as well as Democrats winning control of the U.S. Senate could help Clinton accomplish her policy agenda after Election Day.

To achieve this, the campaign has launched a multipronged strategy.

It has expanded into some traditionally Republican states as a way of creating as many paths to victory as possible. And, it is focusing on down-ballot races in the hope of Democrats winning a Senate majority.

Clinton's team has homed in on this strategy since the conclusion of the presidential debates, with Clinton herself now focusing in some of her stump speeches on state races.

Campaigning in New Hampshire on Monday, for instance, she gave a boost to the state’s current governor and Democratic candidate for Senate, Maggie Hassan. Over the weekend, Clinton went after North Carolina’s Republican Governor Pat McCrory and Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey.

“He still refuses to stand up to Donald Trump,” she said of Toomey at a rally in Pittsburgh. “Now, you know, a lot of Republicans have. They have had the grit and the guts to stand up and say he does not represent me.”

The shift for the Clinton campaign comes just as the new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows the Democratic candidate leading Trump by 12 points nationally among likely voters, her highest level of support, and his lowest, to date in this poll. The new CNN/ORC poll also shows Clinton leading Trump nationally, but by a lesser margin: 5 percentage points.

Poll numbers like these have helped to give the Clinton campaign the confidence to shift some of its focus and to attempt to shake up the electoral map of traditionally red states, such as Arizona and Utah.

Clinton's campaign has recently increased its ad buy in Arizona, where it has also sent surrogates, including Michelle Obama. And the team has sent a handful of staffers from their Brooklyn headquarters to work in Utah for these final weeks, according to a campaign aide.

From the outside, this shift in resources could appear to be a sign of overconfidence or cockiness, but aides to Clinton say that’s not the case.

“The number one concern that remains at this point is still complacency, where people get overconfident,” Fallon explained. “The state of the race is very positive right now, but we still have to turn people out.”

With this in mind, aides say Clinton herself will continue to campaign aggressively in core battleground states over the next two weeks. While they’re open to her traveling to Arizona, no date has been set.

Meanwhile, the Trump campaign has criticized the Clinton camp for their increased push in red states. Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence brushed it off as “tactical.”

“There are two ways you can defeat your opponent -- outright or demoralize,” he said in an interview with Rush Limbaugh on Monday. “But I don’t think the American people are buying it.”

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ABC News(ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.) -- Donald Trump has been hammering home that he is winning the race for the White House but also conceded that his campaign is "somewhat behind" in the polls.

"Folks, we're winning. We're winning. We're winning," he declared in St. Augustine, Florida.

And earlier Trump declared on Twitter, "We are winning and the press is refusing to report it."


We are winning and the press is refusing to report it. Don't let them fool you- get out and vote! #DrainTheSwamp on November 8th!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2016


But in an interview on WBT radio Monday, Trump said, "I guess I'm somewhat behind in the polls but not by much."

The day before, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" and said, "We are behind."

And Monday she tweeted:


NEW: .@RealDonaldTrump concedes he's 'somewhat behind' in the polls (&don't count him out - #winning is his thing)

— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) October 24, 2016


Conway said Hillary Clinton is "seen as the incumbent" and has "tremendous advantages. She has a former president, happens to be her husband, campaigning for her, the current president and first lady, vice president."

"Our advantage is that Donald Trump is just going to continue to take the case directly to the people," Conway said.

"We have a shot of getting those undecided voters," she said. "We need to bring them aboard over the next couple of weeks."

Republican National Committee communications director Sean Spicer agreed with Conway, saying on CNN's "Reliable Sources" later on Sunday, "There's no question — I think we're trailing behind."

He added, "But I think we've got the wind at our back heading into the final two weeks."

Clinton vaulted to a double-digit advantage in Sunday's inaugural ABC News 2016 election tracking poll. The poll showed Clinton leading Trump by 12 percentage points among likely voters, 50 to 38 percent, in the national survey — her highest support and his lowest to date in ABC News and ABC News/Washington Post polls.

Trump held a roundtable this morning with farmers in Boynton Beach, Florida, deeming the ABC News poll "phony" and telling the voters, "I actually think we're winning."

"We're up in Ohio. We're up in Iowa. We're doing great in North Carolina. I think we're doing great in Florida," he said. "I think we're going to win Florida big."

He said "phony polls" are "part of the crooked" and "rigged system that I've been talking about since I entered the race."

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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Hillary Clinton appears to have closed what was once a large gap in support among male voters with rival Donald Trump, according to the latest ABC News poll.

Male respondents reported support for the former secretary of state at 44 percent to Trump’s 41 percent — a major swing for the group, which had backed him throughout the campaign.

In the ABC News poll — which showed Clinton leading overall among likely voters nationwide, 50 to 38 percent — she was bolstered by a strong showing with college-educated women, a group that preferred Republican Mitt Romney in 2012, widening her lead with female voters overall. The poll's margin of error is 3.5 percentage points.

The Clinton campaign’s making up what was once a large deficit with male voters is perhaps the starkest change from midsummer polls, in which Trump was more competitive. In late July, after the Republican National Convention — the peak of Trump’s popularity in the polls — he held a double-digit advantage with registered male voters in a poll conducted by CNN/ORC.

Even in early August, as the lingering effects of the Democratic National Convention vaulted Clinton to a double-digit national lead in the polls, Trump still had greater than 50 percent support from men in many polls. An ABC News/Washington Post poll of registered voters conducted Aug. 1 to Aug. 4 gave him an advantage with men, 51 to 41 percent, even while Clinton led overall, 50 to 42 percent.

Throughout October, as Trump’s campaign dealt with the release of a 2005 video showing him making derogatory comments about women and he faced accusations of sexual assault, polls of likely voters indicated a widening of Clinton’s previously slim lead. NBC/Wall Street Journal and CBS News polls in the last two weeks showed Clinton with double-digit leads while Trump maintained an advantage with male voters.

But that trend reversed in Sunday’s ABC News poll, with men reporting a preference for Clinton, 44 to 41 percent. With women solidly backing the Democrat in the poll, 55 to 35 percent — a continuation of Clinton’s campaign-long advantage among female voters — Trump faces an uphill climb in the final days until the election.

Notable among Clinton’s support from white women is the lead she holds among those with a college degree. Clinton — a college-educated woman — holds a 32-point advantage over Trump in that group, 62 to 30 percent, in Sunday’s poll.

In 2012, when Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, lost the popular vote to President Barack Obama by nearly 4 percentage points, he emerged victorious among college-educated white women, receiving over 50 percent of their support.

College-educated white women selected the eventual winner of the popular vote in every presidential election from 1980 to 2008, but the margin has never been as large as polls indicate this year. Even in President Ronald Reagan’s 18-point landslide victory over Democrat Walter Mondale in 1984, the gap among college-educated white women was less than 20 points.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The fluctuating enthusiasm surrounding the two leading presidential candidates could have a big impact on voter turnout in this election.

Increasing use of early voting and largely increasing overall turnout in the past several general elections may contribute to a record number of people voting, according to ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd.

"As a percent of voting age population it will be low, probably lower than the past four or five presidential elections," Dowd said. "Net total will set a record though."

When it comes to the specific impacts on the campaigns, Dowd says that Hillary Clinton's staff "needs to focus all campaign efforts on turnout," but he doesn't think that turnout levels will effect Trump's bid.

"It could affect down-ballots though, if GOP voters aren't enthused," he said.

The latest ABC News tracking poll released this morning shows that while 56 percent of Clinton's supporters said that they are voting for her because they want to see her in the White House, 54 percent of Trump supporters said that they are voting for him more as a referendum on Clinton than as a reflection of their view on Trump directly.

"When you look at the enthusiasm numbers for each candidate they are below 2012, 2008, and 2004," Dowd said.

An estimated 34 percent of voters are expected to vote early, according to Michael McDonald, a political science professor at the University of Florida and fellow at Brookings Institution. McDonald told ABC News the steep climb in early voting over recent decades is due to states making early voting more widely available, along with incremental year-to-year increases as voters become more familiar with early-vote procedures.

Thursday Oct. 20 was the first day of early voting in North Carolina this year, and while the number of votes on that first day was several thousand lower than the 2012 presidential election, there were still 164,207 votes received, according to the state's board of elections.

In Georgia, voting began on Oct. 17 and there have been at least 432,696 votes cast both in person and by mail-in ballot, according to the secretary of state.

The number of Americans casting ballots overall rose slightly in recent presidential elections. A four-decade high was reached in 2008 when Barack Obama was first elected president, with 58 percent of the electorate voting, before declining slightly in 2012 to 55 percent, according to the Federal Election Commission.

In 1996, when Bill Clinton was elected to a second term, it was the first time since 1924 that less than 50 percent of the electorate — 49 percent — went to the polls.

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