The Latest: Trump aide voices doubts widespread vote fraud


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential campaign (all times EDT):

12:05 p.m.

Donald Trump’s campaign manager says she doesn’t believe there’s widespread voter fraud in the United States.

Kellyanne Conway said “it would not be for me to say” that there was widespread fraud absent overwhelming evidence. She says there’s fraud “here and there” including past incidents of dead people on voter lists and people voting in multiple places.

Conway’s comments Wednesday on MSNBC appear to undercut Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that massive fraud is rigging the election against him.

Trump also says the media is rigging the election for Hillary Clinton. But Conway says that while some journalists are colluding with the Clinton campaign, it’s “certainly not all, or even most.”

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11:15 a.m.

Tim Kaine says he wants Hillary Clinton to “win big” so that no one will believe rival Donald Trump’s claims of a rigged election.

The Democratic vice presidential candidate was urging supporters in Ohio to run up the score against Trump. The Republican presidential nominee who has made unsubstantiated claims that the election has been fixed in Clinton’s favor.

Kaine said that the bigger Clinton’s margin of victory is, “the harder it is for him to whine and have anybody believe him.”

Kaine said Trump’s claims of election rigging are an insult to American democracy. He said “it’s shameful.”

Kaine said he hoped the moderator of Wednesday’s presidential debate, Fox News host Chris Wallace, would challenge Trump and not let him simply lob insults at Clinton.

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10:10 a.m.

No matter how persuasive Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are at Wednesday night’s debate, it’s already too late for either to win over millions of voters.

Advance voting by mail or in person is now underway in more than 30 states. At least 2.1 million voters have already cast ballots.

More than 45 million people are expected to vote before Election Day, Nov. 8.

In Nevada, site of the debate, absentee ballots were being mailed out Wednesday.

Early balloting so far has shown promise for Clinton in battlegrounds North Carolina and Florida while Trump has generally held ground in Iowa and Ohio.

Early voting is traditionally favored by Democrats and is a key part of the Clinton campaign’s strategy. Trump is counting on a stronger performance on Election Day itself.

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9:40 a.m.

Donald Trump’s campaign manager is acknowledging that the Republican presidential nominee needs a “comeback” in the final weeks of the campaign.

Kellyanne Conway said that Trump has pulled off comebacks several times before. It’s a rare acknowledgement by the confident billionaire’s campaign that he could ultimately fall short. She spoke to Fox News on Wednesday ahead of the third and final presidential debate.

Conway’s comment comes amid a string of battleground state polls showing Clinton ahead.

Conway said she doesn’t understand why Hillary Clinton hasn’t been able to “put him away” given her experience and her campaign’s “endless amounts of money.” She said, “What is her problem, already?”

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7:20 a.m.

President Barack Obama’s half-brother says he doesn’t agree with the decision by another half-brother to attend the final presidential debate as a guest of the Donald Trump campaign.

Mark Obama Ndesandjo said, “I love my brothers, but no one member represents the Obamas.”

The Trump campaign said Obama’s Kenyan-born half-brother Malik would be in the audience for the showdown Wednesday between Trump and Hillary Clinton.

The three men share the same father but have different mothers.

Ndesandjo is an American businessman who has lived in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen for about 15 years.

In an email to The Associated Press, he said: “Others in my family and I do not support my brother Malik’s position on Mr. Trump.” Malik Obama supports Trump’s candidacy.

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3:25 a.m.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s ugly and acrimonious battle for the White House is barreling toward the end, with the candidates taking the debate stage Wednesday night for one final primetime showdown.

For Trump, the debate is perhaps his last opportunity to turn around a race that appears to be slipping away from him. His predatory comments about women and a flood of sexual assault accusations have deepened his unpopularity with women and limited his pathways to victory.

Clinton takes the stage facing challenges of her own. While the electoral map currently leans in her favor, the Democrat is facing a new round of questions about her authenticity and trustworthiness, concerns that have trailed her throughout the campaign.

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