Donald Trump got a huge cheer from a crowd in Toledo on Thursday when he made an unusual proposal: "I'm just thinking to myself right now: We should just cancel the election and just give it to Trump," he said, per the Los Angeles Times. "What are we even having it for? Her policies are so bad," said Trump, who had been criticizing Clinton's trade policies. The comment about canceling the election was apparently lighthearted, though it comes after weeks of warning from Trump that the election is "rigged," CNN notes. In other election coverage:
- The Guardian reports that a former Miss Finland is the 12th women to accuse Trump of sexual misconduct. Ninni Laaksonen ,who competed in the Miss Universe competition when it was owned by Trump, told a Finnish newspaper that she was standing next to him for a photograph before a 2006 appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman when "suddenly he squeezed my butt. He really grabbed my butt."
- The New York Times looks at Thursday's campaign finance filings, and finds that big Republican donors turned away from Trump in the first few weeks of October to concentrate on down-ballot races. Trump himself is among the donors who have cut off the cash: He donated no money and just $31,000 in rent and staff to his campaign in the first three weeks of the month.
- The Hill reports that at a Thursday night rally in Geneva, Ohio, Trump said he "dreams" of fighting Joe Biden, who would "fall right over." Earlier in the week, Biden said he wished they were still in high school so he could take Trump "behind the gym."
- Trump also attacked both Hillary and Bill Clinton over emails recently released by WikiLeaks that detail how their personal business interests overlapped with those of the Clinton Foundation, the AP reports. "If the Clintons were willing to play this fast and loose with their enterprise when they weren't in the White House, just imagine what they'll do in the Oval Office," he said.
- More than two-thirds of Politico's caucus of insiders of 11 swing states believe Trump is doing a lot better than polls suggest because of voters too shy to tell pollsters the truth. "I personally know many Republicans that won't admit that they are voting for Trump," a Virginia Republican says. "I don't like admitting it myself. It won't matter if Hillary is up more than 5 points, but we might be in for a surprise if Hillary's lead is less than 5 points on Election Day."
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