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U.S. elections: Trump returned on stage because he is not going away

Updated: Nov 06, 2016 16:57 IST

By Smita Prakash

Washington DC [United States], Nov. 6 (ANI): Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump ended a long day of campaigning on Saturday with a stunning event that he hadn't planned. The Secret Service rushed him off the stage in Nevada during his campaign speech when a commotion in the crowd led them to believe that one unidentified protestor yelled 'gun'. The police did not find any weapons in his possession or in the area.

Trump returned and delivered his speech with the same enthusiasm as before. "Nobody said it was going to be easy for us, but we will never be stopped. We will never be stopped. I want to thank the Secret Service. These guys are fantastic," said Trump.

The Republican nominee has been doing multiple events and it seems to have had no detrimental impact on his energy and keenness to win. He thinks he is the best man for the top job and not even a security flutter could dampen his verve.

David Avella, a communications professional and political operative, says as the election enters the last lap things are getting desperate. Mary Anne Marsh, a Democrat strategist, reminded TV viewers that Secret Service had got on stage during one of Clinton's speeches too. But the fact is that incidents like these do affect the way polls tilt. Wild fluctuations have been taking place in the polls in October and the first week of November.

In a highly charged atmosphere many are criticial of the polls, calling them more art than science. The questions are formed in a manner to suit the outcome say critics.

Trump is not a big fan of the polls. Clinton is leading by a single point at this stage but Trump is not touting that. In Nevada, he was leading by one point. But he doesn't quote that either.His supporters say that he is peaking at the right moment, just two days before the polls. But they are not leaving anything to chance. "Nobody said it will be easy for us. But we will never be stopped." Trump is convinced that the system is rigged against him. "Folks, it's a rigged system. It's a rigged system. And we're going to beat it," he said.

Michael McDonald, Chairman of the Republican party in Nevada, said that polling locations extended closing time in Clark County to allow the voters to cast their ballots. There are more registered Democrats in Clark County compared to Republicans with over 30 percent of the population being Hispanics. McDonald said, "Last night in Clark County, they kept a poll open until 10 o'clock at night so that a certain group could vote.you think this is a free and easy election?"

Pamela von Gruber, a Republican supporter in Virginia, told this reporter that she has volunteered to be an election observer mainly because of strong reports that voter fraud could take place in the swing state. Reagan George, the president of the Virginia Voters Alliance, claims that Virginia has printed an unprecedented number of one million provisional ballots that could allow a large number of fraudulent voters.

"Help me stop Crooked Hillary from Rigging this election," was Trump's plea which is reflected in a website inviting volunteers. And thousands signed up. "The only way they can beat it in my opinion, and I mean this 100 percent, if in certain sections of the state they cheat," Trump said of Clinton campaign in Pennsylvania.

But politicians across the spectrum have criticized the discourse of large-scale voter fraud as utter rubbish. However, it is a rallying cry in the Republican Party.

With just two days left for the Election Day, polls show that 12 percent of voters are uncommitted as compared to 5 percent in the last election. 15 percent of voters dislike both candidates, which means they are not committed even in the last lap. Those who vote in early voting are those motivated by partisan passion but the ones who wait till the end are those who could swing either way. And it is to grab those votes that Trump and Clinton are out there in the slog overs, not leaving anything to chance. There is very strong chance now that Trump might win the popular vote but miss out on the presidency because of the Electoral College vote. If that happens, he isn't going to go away very easily. (ANI)

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