Trump May Have Awoken a 'Sleeping Giant'

And that could spell trouble for him
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2016 5:40 AM CST
Updated Nov 7, 2016 6:06 AM CST
Hispanic Turnout Could Spell Trouble for Trump
Donald Trump hugs the American flag after speaking at a rally Monday in Leesburg, Va.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – Donald Trump may have woken up what pollsters call a "sleeping giant"—and it's not planning on voting for him. As the campaigns enter their final day, the Washington Post reports that there are signs that the Latino voter turnout is set to break records, and much of the turnout, especially among first-time voters, is motivated by dislike of Trump. The turnout boost could be enough to swing the vote for Hillary Clinton in states including Nevada and Florida, and Democrats are closely tracking increased turnout in states like Arizona and Texas, Politico reports. In other developments:

  • The New York Times, in a look inside the Trump campaign during its final weeks, reports that after the FBI announced it was investigating new Clinton emails, Trump's advisers finally managed to get him to stop tweeting without their approval. They warned him that he "risked becoming like a wild animal chasing its prey so zealously that it raced over a cliff," insiders say. He now apparently has to dictate his tweets instead of sending them himself.
  • CNET reports that at a rally in Florida Sunday, President Obama mocked Trump for having control of his Twitter account taken away. "Now, if somebody can't handle a Twitter account, they can't handle the nuclear codes," Obama quipped.

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  • Reuters reports that this election is on course to attract more gambling dollars than any other political event in history, with most of the betting taking place outside the US. British betting firms say people who bet on Brexit are now betting on a Trump win.
  • The Miami Herald reports that early voting records were shattered in the state Sunday, especially in its two most populous counties.
  • According to the Hill, Clinton supporters smell victory after the FBI's announcement Sunday that its latest review of Clinton emails uncovered no cause for criminal charges. "She's got it," a close friend of Clinton's says, predicting an electoral college victory with 310 to 320 votes, well over the 270 needed.
  • Politico forecasts that the Democrats have a better-than-even chance of gaining a slender majority in the Senate, though the Republicans appear likely to retain control of the House.
  • The AP looks ahead to election night and singles out 10 counties in battleground states where early results will say a lot about whether certain Clinton and Trump strategies worked.
(Read more Election 2016 stories.)

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