Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Mike Pence at a campaign event in New Hampshire said, ''voter fraud is real.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Mike Pence at a campaign event in New Hampshire said, "voter fraud is real." "The truth is the right to vote is the bedrock of our democracy, and it has been bought at too high a price, for all of us, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, not to do all we can to participate in a process to insure that every vote counts," he said. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been coy about whether he will accept the results of the election should Democratic rival Hillary Clinton beat him. He drew sharp rebukes from Democrats and many in his own party for saying during the debate that he thinks the election is being rigged and so will not commit yet to accepting the outcome. Trump has offered no widely accepted evidence to back up his claims of vote-rigging. Numerous studies have shown that the U.S. election system, which is run by the states, is sound. The GOP nominee gained on Clinton among American voters this week, cutting her lead nearly in half despite a string of women accusing him of unwanted sexual advances and the furor over his disputed claims that the election process is rigged, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday. Clinton, the Democratic former secretary of state, led Trump 44 percent to 40 percent, according to the Oct. 14-20 poll, a 4-point lead, with the Nov. 8 election fast approaching. That compared with 44 percent for Clinton and 37 percent for Trump in the Oct. 7-13 poll released last week.