Snapshots: Clinton aims to help down-ballot Dems

Associated Press
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Newly confident and buoyant in the polls, Hillary Clinton is looking past Donald Trump while widening her mission to include helping Democrats seize the Senate and chip away at the Republican-controlled House.

Even longtime Republican strongholds such as Utah and Arizona suddenly appear within Clinton’s reach on Nov. 8, enticing Democrats to campaign hard in territory they haven’t won for decades.

Clinton said she didn’t “even think about responding” to Trump anymore and would instead spend the final weeks on the road “emphasizing the importance of electing Democrats down the ballot.”

With Trump warning he may contest the race’s outcome if he loses, Clinton’s campaign is hoping for an overwhelming Democratic victory that would undermine any attempt by Trump to claim the election had been stolen from him.

Trump wants to strike comments from trial

Donald Trump doesn’t want to be judged by statements he makes as the Republican presidential nominee, at least not by jurors who are set to decide next month whether he defrauded hundreds of students through his namesake real-estate school.

The lawsuit, filed by former students from California, Florida and New York, accuses Trump University of cheating them into paying as much as $35,000 for real-estate investment seminars.

The attorneys argue that Trump’s statements on the campaign trail are irrelevant to the case and “highly prejudicial,” and would only seek to “inflame the jury.”

From Detroit News wire services