A New York lawmaker became the first Republican member of Congress to say he will vote for Hillary Clinton, declaring that Donald Trump will only push the GOP to its extremes.
"I have long held the belief that the Republican Party is becoming increasingly less capable of nominating a person who is electable as president," Rep. Richard Hanna wrote in an op-ed. "The primary process is so geared toward the party's political base, which ignores the fact that we have largely alienated women, Hispanics, the LGBT community, young voters and many others in general."
Hanna represents a swing district in upstate New York and is retiring after three terms.
Hillary Clinton raked in almost $90 million in July for her presidential run and for the Democratic Party, according to her campaign.
About $63 million went to Hillary for America and $26 to the Democratic National Committee, and a little more than half of the total came from new donors, the campaign said. Also, the donations surged in the 24 hours following Clinton’s acceptance of the Democratic nomination on July 28.
"Our goal for the next 98 days is to take the remarkable outpouring of support we saw as Hillary Clinton took the stage in Philadelphia and build on our efforts to organize and mobilize millions of voters to elect progressive candidates up and down the ballot in November,” campaign manager Robby Mook said in a statement.
For all the scripting and stage managing that goes into political conventions, the moments that can change a race are often unanticipated.
Khizr Khan’s speech at the Democratic National Convention last week in Philadelphia was one such moment.
Convention organizers knew Khan would be a powerful speaker, but they had not expected he would be a considerably more potent symbol for the campaign than the other “everyday Americans” invited to the stage to amplify the campaign’s message – and everyone else invited to the stage, period. Long after Americans have forgotten the nearly hourlong address Hillary Clinton delivered while accepting her party’s nomination, the haunting, emotionally charged plea to Donald Trump from a Muslim father whose enlisted son was killed by a suicide bomber in Baghdad will linger.