The Republican convention has generated a modest increase so far in Donald Trump’s poll standing, moving the New York businessman back into a lead over Hillary Clinton.
Through Sunday, the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times “Daybreak” tracking poll of the race shows Trump gaining about three percentage points in the aftermath of the convention. That would be roughly in line with the convention bounces enjoyed by Democratic and Republican nominees in the past three election cycles.
As of Sunday, the poll, which is updated daily, showed Trump leading Clinton 45%-41%.
Amid the hot Philadelphia protests on Sunday, I asked a man with a pro-Sanders sandwich-board setup what he thought about Hillary. "Who's Hillary?" responded Mark Kelderman, 60, of Brownsville, Wis., deadpan at first.
The race for the Democratic nomination is over in all but name only. But like many Sanders supporters I talked to, Kelderman wants the superdelegates to vote for Sanders even though Sanders has endorsed Clinton.
"After I got done throwing up, I decided I would make my own vote of conscience come election time," he said. Not Clinton or Donald Trump. "At this point, maybe Jill Stein," the Green Party candidate.
Hillary Clinton this week will be officially nominated by the Democratic Party by a combination of ordinary pledged delegates and superdelegates. Superdelegates are a group of elected officials and party leaders who can throw their support to a candidate regardless of primary results.
Although Clinton ultimately won a majority of pledged delegates and the popular vote, the pledged delegate system was a major sticking point in the fight between Clinton and runner-up Bernie Sanders, who repeatedly said he would seek to get the superdelegates on his side.
Now, under a deal struck Saturday, only elected officials would be allowed to be superdelegates, reducing their numbers by two-thirds.
Such delegation breakfasts are common at both the Democratic and Republican parties' conventions. Despite being housed 60 miles from Cleveland, the California delegation at last week's GOP convention drew up-and-coming Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, first-season “The Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault and conservative author and television personality Ann Coulter.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who has long been under fire for the appearance of partiality toward Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primaries, announced her resignation in a statement Sunday afternoon.
The move culminated a series of steps by the Clinton campaign to sideline her — first by appointing a new party executive last month to run the party’s operations, then by taking away her speaking role at the convention and removing even the simple task of gaveling the convention in and out of session.
The announcement ultimately came after internal emails newly disclosed by the website WikiLeaks revived long-running suspicions on the part of Sanders supporters that the Florida congresswoman had tilted the scales in favor of Clinton.