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The last fact check.

Byline: The Register-Guard

The fact checkers at PolitiFact had plowed through close to 500 claims made by the leading presidential candidates as of Oct. 31, in what has been a highly contentious campaign.

They rated 4.7 percent of the 297 claims made by GOP nominee Donald Trump as true, 10.4 percent mostly true, 14.5 percent half true, 19.2 percent mostly false, 34 percent false and 17.2 percent "pants on fire" falsehoods.

They scrutinized 190 claims by Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who has made fewer public appearances than Trump, rating 18.4 percent true, 32.6 percent mostly true, 23.7 percent half true, 12.1 percent mostly false, 10.5 percent false and 2.6 percent pants on fire.

In addition, fact checkers looked at new claims made this week, rating as true Trump's statement that Wisconsin voters who voted early can still change their ballots. His claim that Barack Obama is the first president in modern history not to have a single year of 3 percent growth was rated mostly true. His allegations that thousands of Americans have been killed by illegal immigrants was rated as half true (there's no actual data on this), as were claims that the FBI has reopened its investigation into Clinton and discovered another 650,000 emails (it's not clear how many are Clinton-related or are duplicates).

Rated as mostly false were Trump's comments that Chicago has the toughest gun laws in the United States but more gun violence than any other city and that many people's health care costs are more than their mortgage or rent.

Rated as false were Trump's statements that Twitter, Google and Facebook are burying the FBI investigation of Clinton; that the media never show the crowds at his rallies and that Ohio's I-X Center "used to be a great plant" employing thousands but the jobs were moved overseas.

Clinton's statements that Trump wants to undo marriage equality and would require schools to let people carry guns into classrooms were rated true. Clinton's claim that Trump doesn't believe in equal pay was rated half true, as was her claim that Trump wants to discourage women, young people, people of color and "smart, intelligent men" from voting. Her allegation that FBI Director James Comey's letter about new developments in the email investigation went only to Republican in the House was rated false.

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Title Annotation:Editorial
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Nov 5, 2016
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