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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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WASHINGTON -- Stung by Republican charges of selling out to foreign interests, President Bill Clinton plans to counter with an attack on Republican opposition to campaign-finance reform, aides said Wednesday.

Clinton and Republican rival Bob Dole leave Washington for the final week of the marathon U.S. election campaign Wednesday and will stay on the road until after the Nov. 5 election, when one will come home the winner.

While Clinton looks headed for a landslide win -- the latest Reuters tracking poll showed him ahead of Dole by 12.6 percentage points -- Dole has found an issue in challenging the Democrats on taking questionable contributions from financial interests in Indonesia and elsewhere in Asia.

An embarrassed Democratic Party on Tuesday tried to defuse a crisis over alleged campaign financing violations by sending the Federal Elections Commission, or FEC, a draft report on donations it had planned to file only after the election. The Democrats acted when the Republicans said they would ask a federal court for an injunction to freeze all Democratic spending.

The Democrats initially said they would not be filing a report on the party's contributions and expenditures for the first two weeks of October with the FEC. Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd, the Democratic Party chairman, later promised all documents would be released soon.

The messy business of campaign financing during an election, in which both sides go hat in hand to beg and borrow millions of dollars for costly television advertisements, has been taken up by the Republicans in the contest's final days.

Clinton aides said he hoped to turn the tables on his rival with a major campaign speech, possibly on Thursday, castigating Republican House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich and Dole as standing in the way of campaign-finance reform.

Dole once sentenced a campaign finance bill to death with a filibuster -- a tactic in Congress that dooms proposals by threatening to speak endlessly -- and Gingrich reneged on a handshake agreement to deal with reform, the Democrats say.

With Clinton's huge and seemingly unsurmountable lead in the polls, many analysts say the big question next Tuesday will be whether his coattails will be long enough to pull his party back into control of one or both houses of Congress.

Polls show the race there to be extremely close. Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate and a 235-197 majority in the House, with one independent and two seats vacant. But many Republicans who swept into office on the 1994 anti-Clinton surge are now viewed as vulnerable.

Dole, who apparently rejected aides' pleas to stay on the road, came home on Tuesday night to sleep in his own bed at his condominium in the Watergate complex. He leaves for a campaign swing that will take him to Florida and Georgia, two key states for him to have a chance on Nov. 5.

Clinton heads for Michigan, Colorado and Arizona.