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Trump says November presidential election may ‘be rigged’

US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has cast doubt over the validity of the result of the November election.

Addressing his supporters in the city of Columbus, Ohio, on Monday, Trump warned that the upcoming presidential vote might be rigged.

“I’m afraid the election is going to be rigged,” he said. “I have to be honest.”

The billionaire businessman said he hears “more and more” that the November 8 vote may not be contested fairly.

He stated that the Republican primaries were slanted against him but his “landslide” victories helped him in overcoming the insurmountable “fixed” system.

“I think my side was rigged. If I didn’t win by massive landslides,” he said.

Trump made the remarks after suggesting that the Democratic Party had fixed its primaries to help Hillary Clinton defeat Bernie Sanders in the race for presidential nomination.

Some observers believe that the billionaire is trying to lay the groundwork of an excuse if he loses the White House bid to his Democratic rival, Clinton.

According to a CBS News poll released on Monday, Clinton leads Trump by seven percent, having 46 percent of support compared to 39 percent he got.

Meanwhile, a CNN-ORC poll released later on the same day shows that the former secretary of state is ahead of the business mogul by nine points, with both receiving 52 and 43 percent respectively.

Similar polls conducted by the CBS and CNN-ORC after the Republican convention but before the Democratic one indicated Trump’s lead over Clinton.

Another poll by the Reuters/Ipsos on Sunday showed that nearly 41 percent of likely voters said they favored Clinton, while 35 percent expressed support for Trump.

Despite all these polls, a Gallup poll released earlier last month found that Trump and Clinton are among the worst-rated presidential candidates of the last 70 years.

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