Political news briefs: This week in the election


Donald Trump says he will accept election results if he wins

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump doubled down on remarks he made during the last presidential debate, stating he might not accept the election results. At a rally in Delaware, Ohio on Oct. 20, Trump said he would accept a “clear election result,” but would challenge “questionable” results.

Some critics say Trump’s comments are undermining the democratic process and wrongly instilling distrust in the electoral system. Trump, citing evidence of the “rigged” election, said it is his right to legally contest the outcome, as Al Gore did in the 2000 presidential election against George W. Bush.

Trump has also warned his supporters to be alert to voter fraud, which is extremely rare in the U.S., according to CNN.

Ohio divided

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are in a “virtual tie” for support in Ohio, a major swing state, according to a Suffolk University poll. The poll found 59 percent of voters thought Clinton to be dishonest and untrustworthy and 51 percent found Trump dishonest and untrustworthy.

Twenty percent found jobs and the economy to be the most important issue to them, according to CNN.

Donald Trump says he will sue sexual assault accusers

Donald Trump gave a speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where he laid out his plans for his first 100 days of office if elected.

He promised to sue every woman who came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against him after the election. Since a tape was released of Trump stating he made sexual advances toward women without their prior consent, a total of 10 women have come forward in the last weeks accusing Trump of sexual assault, according to ABC News.

Trump said the women lied and the fabrications were meant to hurt his campaign.

Bernie Sanders raises almost $2 million in two days for House, Senate election

Former Democratic nominee candidate Bernie Sanders raised almost $2 million on behalf of like-minded candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, according to The Washington Post.

After conceding the Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton, Sanders has now focused his campaigning efforts on helping Clinton and other progressive candidates into office. Sanders’ goal is to flip the Senate, which could put him in the position of chairman of Senate Budget Committee.

Clinton campaigns for herself and Senate in Pennsylvania

Hillary Clinton extended her campaigning in Pennsylvania to Senate candidates. Analysts say this is a show of strength for the Clinton campaign, because it indicates they feel secure enough to divert attention to other candidates, according to Bloomberg.

Clinton still stands to gain from this, if she wins and Democrats take over the Senate, it will be substantially easier for her to pass legislation. Obama struggled with gridlock during his last years due to a Republican majority Senate.

Sarah Crowley is the assistant news editor and can be reached at sarah.crowley@ubspectrum.com