Donald Trump’s standing among key voter groups has steadily dropped for more than a week, erasing the lead the Republican nominee once had in the presidential contest, according to the latest findings from the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times national tracking poll of the race.
What’s striking about the trend is not Hillary Clinton’s rise — typically, candidates get a boost from their nominating conventions, and the Democrat’s post-convention increase of about five percentage points is only slightly above average.
More significant is the scope and breadth of Trump’s decline. A week in which he repeatedly generated controversies that dismayed fellow Republicans has wiped out virtually all the gains Trump made as a result of the GOP convention.
Aug. 6, 2016, 11:21 a.m.
Mr. Trump is unifying the party. And I applaud him for that. He’s a warrior on behalf of the American worker.
Paul Nehlen, who is challenging House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) in a primary on Tuesday, speaking on CNN about Donald Trump's endorsement of Ryan
Though Donald Trump’s ongoing feud with the father of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq is being credited with boosting sales of a pocket edition of the U.S. Constitution, the version being snapped up by Amazon customers is actually the one favored by armed militias and published by a right-wing religious group.
Khizr Khan, whose Muslim son died saving fellow soldiers in 2004, waved a different pocket edition at the Democratic National Convention while dramatically asking the Republican presidential nominee if he’d ever really read it.
The gesture – and Trump’s refusal to let the issue fade – seemed to have inspired a run on Amazon’s 52-page “Pocket Constitution,” a $1 reprint (“identical in spelling, capitalization and punctuation”) of the supreme law of the United States, complete with the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence.
On Friday, Hillary Clinton said she offered a “short-circuited” response in a Fox News interview last weekend by suggesting FBI Director James B. Comey had concluded that her public statements about her use of a private email server while secretary of State were truthful.
No state this year does Republican dysfunction like Ohio.
The popular Republican Gov. John Kasich stiffed Donald Trump at the home-state convention and now regularly dismisses him on Twitter. Trump has threatened to retaliate by raising money to squash Kasich’s future ambitions.
The state’s Republican Sen. Rob Portman, running for re-election, has stuck with his endorsement of the party’s nominee but has yet to appear in public with him. Instead, Portman has upbraided Trump repeatedly, and his campaign recently sent aides to search for potential supporters at Hillary Clinton rallies.
Friday could have marked the end of what has been arguably the best week of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Coming off a successful Democratic convention, combined with some of the most pronounced Republican infighting to date, Clinton took a commanding lead over GOP rival Donald Trump, both in national and many swing state polls.
But instead of capitalizing on the momentum, she tripped up again on her political Achilles’ heel — emails — before an audience she has kept at arm’s length over the last 16 months — journalists.