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Clinton leads Trump by 15 points nationwide: Poll

A new poll shows that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has taken a 15-percentage point lead over her Republican rival, Donald Trump, in the run-up to the 2016 US presidential race.

According to the McClatchy-Marist survey released on Thursday, the former secretary of state has 48 percent of the votes as compared to the New York billionaire businessman having only a 33-percent support.

Clinton received 45 percent to Trump’s 31 percent in a four-candidate match-up. In that scenario, Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson earned 10 percent, while Green Party candidate Jill Stein bagged 6 percent.

Pollsters also found that 53 percent potential voters see Clinton as an acceptable president, versus 47 percent who do not. Whereas, 61 percent disprove Trump, and only 39 percent approve him.

According to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls, Clinton leads Trump by nearly 6 points nationwide.

The new count comes at a time that the Republican presidential nominee 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 real estate tycoon said he hears “more and more” that the November 8 vote may not be contested fairly.

Obama mocks Trump’s claim

US President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference at the Pentagon in Washington, DC on August 4, 2016. (AFP photo)

Speaking at press conference on Thursday, President Barack Obama seemed incredulous at the idea of a “rigged” general election.

“Of course the elections will not be rigged,” Obama said. “What does that mean?”

“If Mr. Trump is suggesting that there is a conspiracy theory that is being propagated across the country, including in places like Texas where typically it’s not Democrats who are in charge of voting booths, that’s ridiculous. That doesn’t make any sense and I don’t think anybody would take that seriously,” Obama said

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