NEWS
10/17/2016 07:15 EDT | Updated 10/18/2017 01:12 EDT

The Latest: Holder to take lead on redistricting campaign

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

11:15 a.m.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder will lead a new alliance of Democrats looking to boost the party's chances of redrawing congressional and state legislative districts.

Both parties are trying to position themselves ahead of the 2020 Census. Whichever party controls state capitols in 2021 can gain an upper hand in redrawing congressional and state legislative districts for the decade to come.

Republicans currently control 69 of America's 99 state legislative chambers. That's a historic high, and now Democrats are trying to use Donald Trump's unpopularity to wrest control of as many as a dozen state legislatures.

Holder will chair the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, a newly created alliance of Democratic leaders, unions and progressive groups with a goal of boosting Democrats' chances in time for the 2021 redistricting.

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9:20 a.m.

Donald Trump is calling Republican leaders "naive" for dismissing his claims of a rigged election and urging his supporters to "come together and win this election."

His comments came in a series of tweets Monday.

There is no evidence voter fraud is a widespread problem in the United States. House Speaker Paul Ryan says he is confident the election will be conducted with integrity.

On Sunday, Trump's running mate, Mike Pence said Trump's claims of a rigged election refer to media bias.

Trump tweeted on Monday: "Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before election day. Why do Republican leaders deny what is going on? So naive!"

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9:15 a.m.

Donald Trump says he can't believe allegations of sexual assault are affecting his campaign. And he is pointing to Vice-President Joe Biden as he defends himself.

Biden has never been accused of sexual improprieties. But he has raised eyebrows during media events for his lingering embraces of women.

Trump linked Monday to a video montage of Biden's awkward moments. He also tweeted: "Can't believe these totally phoney stories, 100% made up by women (many already proven false) and pushed big time by press, have impact!"

Trump has denied allegations by several women that he groped them or kissed them without their consent. That followed the release of a 1995 video in which he boasted that "you can do anything" when you're a star.

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3:20 a.m.

Donald Trump's top supporters are racing to explain that what Trump said or tweeted isn't what he meant — especially on his claim without evidence that the Nov. 8 presidential election is "rigged" in Democrat Hillary Clinton's favour.

Trump's running mate Mike Pence said Sunday they'll "absolutely accept the results of the election."

But Trump is continuing to warn, without evidence, about vote fraud.

After Pence spoke, Trump tweeted: "The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary - but also at many polling places - SAD."

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