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Hillary Clinton makes new push to win votes of working-class whites

Hillary Clinton spoke to supporters last week at a rally in Toledo, Ohio. Clinton will campaign in the state again on Monday.

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Hillary Clinton spoke to supporters last week at a rally in Toledo, Ohio. Clinton will campaign in the state again on Monday.

NEW YORK — In the closing weeks of the presidential race, Hillary Clinton’s campaign says it is stepping up its efforts to court white working-class men, with whom support for Republican Donald Trump, as well as dislike of the Democratic nominee, runs deep.

Evidence of the renewed push can be found on Clinton’s calendar. On Monday she plans to visit Ohio for the second time in two weeks, after shunning the state for much of September.

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Among the battleground states, it has been one of Trump’s strongest bastions of support, largely because of blue-collar workers who have gravitated toward his message of job creation and better trade deals.

After Sunday’s second debate, the Clinton camp also plans to intensify deployment of surrogates to pockets of the country where it sees opportunities to win back disaffected Democrats.

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Aides say that former president Bill Clinton will embark on more bus tours — probably including one in heavily white Iowa — like the one he just completed through areas of Ohio struggling because of the loss of manufacturing and mining jobs.

Others also being dispatched to make the case in Rust Belt states and beyond include Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, whose focus on economic inequality resonated with white, working-class men during the Democratic primaries to a greater degree than Clinton’s message.

Clinton has made similar overtures without moving the dial much. Immediately after the Democratic convention, she and her running mate, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, embarked on a bus tour through rural Pennsylvania and Ohio. And in August, Clinton used a high-profile speech in Michigan to argue that Trump’s appeal to economically beleaguered Americans was a fraud.

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But Clinton aides argue that they could find a more receptive audience now amid a fresh set of Trump controversies, including revelations that he might have gone many years without paying income taxes and that in recent construction projects he opted to buy his steel from Chinese manufacturers rather than US companies based in Rust Belt states.

The emergence Friday of a video in which Trump speaks in particularly lewd terms about women could also factor in to the way voters see the race.

‘‘We see an opportunity to make a renewed push with these working-class voters who’ve been open to Donald Trump,’’ said Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon.

The effort could have an additional effect for Clinton, which is to at least give the appearance that her appeal extends beyond the Democratic base.

Fallon stressed that the stepped-up outreach to white, working-class voters would not supplant the campaign’s focus on turning out its base of support, which includes African Americans, Latinos, and college-educated whites, particularly women.

‘‘While we feel like we can win with the coalition of support we’ve already built — assuming they turn out — we’ll also be going on the offense in these closing weeks,’’ he said.

A Washington Post-ABC News poll late last month showed Trump leading Clinton among likely voters without a college degree 62 percent to 30 percent. The gap was even more pronounced among men.

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