The Latest: AP Poll: Clinton on cusp of commanding victory

WASHINGTON (AP) " The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):

5:00 p.m.

Hillary Clinton appears on the cusp of a potentially commanding victory over Donald Trump, fueled by solid Democratic turnout in early voting, massive operational advantages and increasing enthusiasm among her supporters.

A new Associated Press-GfK poll released Wednesday finds the Democratic nominee has grabbed a number of significant advantages over her Republican rival with just 12 days left before Election Day.

Among them: consolidating the support of her party and even winning some Republicans.

Overall, the poll shows Clinton leading Trump nationally by a staggering 14 percentage points among likely voters, 51-37.

While that is one of her largest margins among several recent national surveys, most show the former secretary of state with a substantial national lead over the billionaire businessman.


4:50 p.m.

Donald Trump is unveiling his "New Deal for black America" and promising to provide "safe communities, great education and high-paying jobs."

Trump unveiled his plan for African-Americans on Wednesday in front of a nearly all-white crowd at a theater in Charlotte, North Carolina.

He bemoaned that "too many African-Americans have been left behind" said that American makes the mistake of "electing the same people over and over."

And he pledged that "whether you vote for me or not, I will be your greatest champion."

The Republican nominee has accused Democrats of taking minority voters for granted and frequently asks African-American voters "What do you have to lose?" in supporting him.

Polling suggests that Trump is wildly unpopular among African-American voters.


4:04 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is planning to hold her Election Night celebration at New York City's Javits Center.

Spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri tells reporters in Florida that the large venue was chosen because it's one of New York City's biggest indoor spaces.

The convention center has a large glass facade, making it an appropriate place for Clinton if she breaks the glass ceiling and becomes the nation's first woman president.


4:02 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is praising celebrity chef Jose Andres for declining to open a restaurant inside rival Donald Trump's new Washington, D.C., hotel.

Clinton says at a rally in Tampa, Florida, that when Andres heard Trump's talk about immigrants, he refused to open a restaurant in that hotel. Clinton says it was a "really gutsy" decision.

Clinton was introduced by the chef, who told the outdoor crowd that he could be at the Washington hotel on Wednesday but he would rather be in Tampa to "support this amazing woman."

The Democratic presidential nominee was greeted with chants of "Happy birthday" as she arrived at the rally on her 69th birthday.


4:05 p.m.

Donald Trump says he won't do in-person fundraising during the election's final days " but that hasn't stopped his running mate from doing so.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is appearing at fundraiser in Salt Lake City on Thursday, along with holding a rally in the capital of the usually reliably Republican Utah.

And Pence's campaign says he plans to travel to New York on Thursday for a fundraiser there, too.

Trump last mingled with donors Monday at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida and isn't planning to do so again through the Nov. 8 election.

However, top surrogates, including Pence, are helping to keep the donations rolling in.


2:56 p.m.

Donald Trump is defending his decision to take a break from the campaign trail to attend a ribbon-cutting for his new hotel.

And he's blasting critics for not making as big a deal of rival Hillary Clinton's decision to attend an Adele concert Tuesday night for her birthday.

Trump tells ABC news that he "built one of the great hotels of the world. What am I supposed to do, not show up?"

He adds that he thinks he's entitled to take on hour off.

The GOP nominee also says it's unfair that Clinton wasn't criticized for the concert stop

He says, "She has no energy. She's got nothing going. She does one stop. And nobody complains about that."

Trump also took a break from campaigning to catch an Adele concert during the GOP primaries.


2:45 p.m.

Pence says Trump appealing to independents, wary Democrats

Donald Trump's running mate is making an appeal to independents and disaffected Democrats while campaigning in Nevada.

Mike Pence has made telling Republicans wary of supporting Trump "it's time to come home" and vote against Hillary Clinton the main theme of his campaign speech as the election draws near.

But during a rally at a luxury hotel and casino in Reno on Wednesday, Pence also singled out independents and Democrats not thrilled with their party's presidential nominee.

He said Trump is appealing to more independents and traditional Democrats nationally than some polls indicate " and the same can happen in Nevada.

In his daily stump speech, Pence compares Trump's tax plan to John F. Kennedy's 1960s policies. He says his running mate will "cut taxes across the board."


2:10 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is talking about fixing the deficit " what she calls the "fun deficit."

During an interview that aired Wednesday on the syndicated radio show "The Breakfast Club," Clinton said she is "sick of all the meanness."

Her plan to increase the fun and bring people together? A dance party.

Clinton said "I think we need a big national dance."

It sounds like the Democratic presidential nominee would take part too.

Clinton said "any chance I get, I will dance." But she admitted she wasn't sure "it would be anything that you'd be saying was good dancing."


1:45 p.m.

Donald Trump is insisting that he will spend $100 million or more of his own money on his presidential bid. Campaign finance documents show he's not even close.

The Republican nominee said in a CNN interview Wednesday that his personal investment in his campaign will top $100 million. He said he's "prepared to go much higher than that."

Yet finance reports current through Sept. 30 show Trump, a billionaire New York businessman, has put about $56 million into his own campaign.

To hit $100 million, he would have to put another $44 million into his race - far more than he's ever contributed in a single month.

When pressed by CNN's Dana Bash, Trump declined to give specific plans about when he might be contributing additional money. The election is Nov. 8.


1:10 p.m.

An Ohio congresswoman says she and other black Democrats have told presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that she should engage more with black-owned media outlets.

Rep. Joyce Beatty told reporters in a conference call Wednesday that Clinton's campaign has been very responsive but "we can all do more."

Beatty says black congressional Democrats fully support Clinton's election bid, but "no one gets a pass on not supporting our issues."

Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Deshundra Jefferson said on the call that the party worked with the Congressional Black Caucus to arrange a bus tour visiting historically black colleges and universities.

She says it's engaged in a seven-figure ad campaign featuring radio spots with President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.


1:05 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump's proposals are "not the change we need."

Speaking Wednesday in Lake Worth, Florida, Clinton said she doesn't believe "most Americans want the dark and divisive change Donald is offering."

The Democratic presidential nominee said Trump would bring change to the country. But she argued that electing him means tax cuts for the wealthy, mass deportations, a rollback of gay marriage and abortion laws and "ripping up our alliances."

Clinton says she offers a different vision, with more college opportunities, new jobs, immigration reform and a commitment to working with foreign allies.

She told voters: "the choice is yours as to what kind of country we want to be."


1 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says that while Donald Trump's luxury hotel in Washington may be new, "it's the same old story."

Clinton told a rally Wednesday in Lake Worth, Florida, that Trump relied on undocumented workers "to make his project cheaper." That was apparently a reference to reporting that some subcontractors on the projected illegally hired undocumented laborers. She also said many of the products in the hotel's rooms were made overseas.

The Democratic presidential nominee says "you can talk a good game," but the facts show that Trump has stiffed American workers and American businesses during his career in real estate.


12:50 p.m.

Donald Trump says he will stand "side by side" with Israel if he is elected president.

The Republican nominee made his comments came in a videotaped address to supporters in Israel. He said his administration would strengthen bridges between the two countries and "stand up" to enemies, including Iran, that he says are "bent on destroying Israel."

Trump's statement was shown to a gathering Wednesday in Jerusalem sponsored by Republicans Overseas Israel, That's a local organization that has encouraged American expatriates to cast absentee ballots for Trump.

It estimates that as many as 200,000 U.S. voters live in Israel " a number it believes could potentially influence the outcomes in key battleground states.


12:40 p.m.

The latest hacked emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign give fresh evidence that her supporters were worried about primary rival Bernie Sanders.

A liberal operative asked campaign chairman John Podesta if President Barack Obama could "even hint" that he was supporting Clinton before the Illinois primary in March. Podesta had previously been Obama's chief of staff. It's his stolen emails that are being released by Wikileaks.

The operative, Neera Tanden, wrote: "Maybe they don't want to do this, but the stakes are pretty damn high in this election for him."

Podesta responded with a reference to Obama friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett. He said: "Why don't you push Valerie a little bit."

Obama stayed officially neutral in the primary until Clinton clinched the nomination in June.


12:30 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is making a pitch to independents and Republicans as she campaigns in Florida. She's pointing to a common vision shared by all Americans.

The Democratic presidential nominee said Wednesday in Lake Worth, Florida, that she believes that Americans are "coming together at the end of this election." She said that includes not just Democrats, but Republicans and independents who are backing her White House campaign against Republican Donald Trump.

Clinton said more than 10 million people have already voted in the election and about 2 million of those early votes have been cast in Florida.

Clinton said her supporters they can't take their "foot off the gas." She said every vote counts, a lesson learned from the 2000 Florida recount, when George W. Bush defeated Al Gore.


12:25 p.m.

Donald Trump is suggesting that the successful construction of his new Washington hotel shows the kind of work he could do as president.

Trump said at the hotel's grand opening Wednesday that "today is a metaphor for what we can accomplish for this country."

He said he has "lived a great life and now I want to give back to the country that has given me so much."

Trump struck an unusually optimistic note, saying there is "nothing we cannot accomplish" and that the "United States is great." That's a change from his regular claim that he needs to "Make America Great Again."

He said "he was tired of the excuses" from career politicians, including opponent Hillary Clinton.


12:05 p.m.

Donald Trump is congratulating Newt Gingrich for his on-air spat with Fox News personality Megyn Kelly.

Gingrich told Kelly in a heated exchange that she is "fascinated with sex" and challenged her to call Bill Clinton a sexual predator.

Kelly declined, and ended their interview on her show Tuesday night by suggesting the former House speaker take some time for anger management.

Trump said Wednesday during the opening ceremony for his new hotel in Washington: "Congratulations, Newt, on last night."

He added that Gingrich doesn't "play games."

Gingrich defended the sparring as he arrived at the event. He said, "That's just the business."


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