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Election Day will leave plenty unsettled, no matter who wins

Hillary Clinton delivers birthday cake to reporters on

Hillary Clinton delivers birthday cake to reporters on her plane after campaigning in Florida on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Justin Sullivan

No honeymoon, no peace

Think the nightmare of acrimony ends when America’s voters choose the next president? Think again. The mystery over how readily Donald Trump will concede if he loses isn’t the only unsettled question.

House Republicans — still likelier than not to keep their majority — plan more investigations of Hillary Clinton’s years in the Obama administration.

“It’s a target-rich environment,” House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz told The Washington Post. “Even before we get to Day One, we’ve got two years’ worth of material already lined up. She has four years of history at the State Department, and it ain’t good.”

And if Trump wins? He has stoked sky-high expectations among his supporters to build a border walls, restore factory jobs, crush ISIS, cut taxes and replace Obamacare.

Also under scrutiny would be ongoing questions about his business dealings and personal behavior, as well as whether he respects constitutional limits on presidential power.

See Dan Janison’s column for Newsday.

Polls: Close and not so much

Several new national polls show Clinton with formidable leads over Trump, but the latest swing state polls are closer.

An Associated Press-GfK poll said the Democrat was ahead by 14 points. ABC News and the USA Today/Suffolk University survey put her margin at 9 points. But a Fox News poll had Clinton’s lead at only 3 points.

The latest swing-state surveys show some tight contests. Bloomberg News sees a 2-point Trump edge in Florida. NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polling finds a tie in Nevada, but a 9-point Clinton lead in New Hampshire, where Monmouth University reports a smaller 4-point Clinton advantage.

Trump: I’ll show you the money

Trump indicated in a CNN interview he will be pouring tens of millions of dollars more into his campaign in the closing days.

“I will have over $100 million in the campaign, and I’m prepared to go much more than that,” Trump said. He has given less than $60 million since the beginning of the race, records show.

Clues from early voting

Early-voting data shows Democrats have improved their positions in North Carolina, Nevada and Arizona compared to this point in 2012, according to a CNN analysis. In Florida, Democrats have cut deeply into the traditional Republican advantage in early ballots cast so far.

Republicans are showing more strength than before in Iowa, a state that went to Barack Obama in 2012.

More than 7.3 million Americans have already voted.

Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue

Trump took time out from swing-state visits to preside at the ribbon-cutting at his new hotel in Washington — and he didn’t care for questions about the timing.

“I can’t take one hour off to cut a ribbon at one of the great hotels of the world? I mean, I think I’m entitled to it,” he told ABC News.

Clinton also marked the occasion of Trump’s new hotel. Chef José Andrés, who pulled out of plans to open a restaurant there in protest of Trump’s anti-immigrant stance, introduced her at a rally in Tampa. Clinton accused Trump of using undocumented workers on the project.

She also questioned Trump’s ability to uphold the nation’s founding principles, saying she did not think he had read the U.S. Constitution. See Laura Figueroa’s story for Newsday.

Mixing business and charity

An email from the WikiLeaks hack finds two chief fundraisers for the Clinton Foundation did double duty by steering business opportunities from corporate donors to former President Bill Clinton, The Wall Street Journal (pay site) and Washington Post reported.

Douglas Band, then a top aide to Bill Clinton, described the activity in a memo to lawyers who were reviewing the foundation’s links with Band at Chelsea Clinton’s request. She was concerned that Band was “hustling business” for his consulting firm, the report said.

Trump’s 100 days

In rural North Carolina Wednesday night, Trump continued efforts to instill confidence in his supporters about his election prospects by listing priorities for his first 100 days, reports Newsday’s Michael Gormley.

They included abolishing Obamacare; renegotiating or scrapping trade deals he blames on the loss of jobs in the U.S.; combating illegal immigration with greater restrictions on all immigration and promising to expand military spending at several bases in the region.

What else is happening

  • Trump gave an attaboy to Newt Gingrich, whose clash with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly Tuesday night (video clip here) about coverage of the candidate’s problems with women prompted her to recommend the former House speaker work on his “anger issues.”
  • Clinton will join supporters awaiting election night returns at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. Of symbolic note for the candidate who wants to be the first woman president, the facility has a glass ceiling.
  • DeRay Mckesson, a leader of the Black Lives Matter movement, endorsed Clinton. “Clinton’s platform on racial justice is strong,” he wrote in a Washington Post Op-Ed, while Trump “wants to take us back to a time when people like him could abuse others with little to no consequence.”
  • Trump blames President Barack Obama and Clinton for withdrawing from Iraq too soon, creating a vacuum in which ISIS grew. But in a 2011 clip unearthed by CNN, he said the withdrawal wasn’t happening fast enough.
  • An Associated Press analysis finds a Clinton advantage for ground operations to get her voters to the polls. As of September, her team had about 4,900 people on the payroll compared with about 1,500 for Trump.


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