Donald Trump and running mate Mike Pence toured flood-ravaged Louisiana on Friday.

Signs of a shift in Trump's campaign — too little, too late?

 (Gerald Herbert / Associated Press)
(Gerald Herbert / Associated Press)

After a tumultuous stretch since accepting the GOP presidential nomination last month, Donald Trump tried this week to broaden his appeal to a wider swath of the electorate, aiming to sow the seeds for a competitive fall race with Hillary Clinton.

Trump shook up his campaign leadership, launched television ads, gave one of the best speeches of his candidacy and visited flood-ravaged Louisiana. But by making such moves fewer than 100 days before election day, an open question remains about whether he has enough time to capitalize on them.

"As a Republican, you have virtually no margin of error, and Trump’s campaign is nothing but errors," said GOP strategist Reed Galen, who worked for former President George W. Bush. “They sort of tumble from one thing to the next really without much thought to where, when and how it’s going to happen.”

Galen pointed to the Friday announcement that Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort had resigned. Instead of news coverage focusing on the well-received speech Trump delivered the night before, or his low-key tour of the flooding in Louisiana, Manafort dominated the headlines.

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