US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump maintains that his campaign is “very close or winning” with just two weeks to go until US elections.
“Honestly I think we’re doing really well all over,” Trump told Fox News on Tuesday even as most opinion polls show him trailing Democrat Hillary Clinton nationwide and in most key states ahead of November 8 elections.
The victor will be determined based on the winners in each state rather than the overall popular vote, and the candidates are focusing their attention in the remaining days on some dozen states that could go to either candidate.
Chief among those is Florida, which Trump admitted “I have to win,” and where both Trump and Clinton were campaigning on Tuesday.
Opinion polls show Clinton with the lead in Florida, Nevada, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, while Trump has a narrow lead in Ohio.
The race is also narrowing in states that have traditionally been staunch Republican bastions, giving Clinton an opening in Arizona and even Texas, where Trump leads by 3 percentage points in the most recent poll but where Republicans traditionally have double-digit leads.
Donald Trump on Saturday laid out far-reaching plans for the start of his US presidency if he wins November elections.
The announcement came as an 11th woman came forward to accuse the Republican nominee of making unwanted sexual advances.
In a speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Trump vowed to withdraw from or renegotiate international trade deals, begin removing illegal immigrants and implement ethics reforms for government officials.
“We now find ourselves at that very special fork in the road,” Trump said as he outlined the actions he would take in his first 100 days in the White House.
“Do we repeat the mistakes of the past or do we choose to believe that a great future still lies ahead for us and our great country?”
Trump vowed to scrap or “totally renegotiate” the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada and drop the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) with 11 other Pacific nations.
He said he would label China as a currency manipulator and order officials to tackle trade abuses.
Under a Trump presidency, restrictions on the production of U.S. energy would be removed and U.S. payments to UN climate programmes would be cancelled.