The latest on the presidential horse race.

Clinton Regains Lead over Trump, Johnson Makes Slight Gains

The latest general election poll by NBC News/SM has revealed that Hillary Clinton has regained the lead over Donald Trump and that Gary Johnson continues to siphon valuable percentage points from both candidates.

Which presidential candidate would you vote for?

  • Hillary Clinton – 45%
  • Donald Trump – 40%
  • Gary Johnson – 10%
  • Jill Stein – 4%

Johnson has no chance to win the election, but he could be this year’s Ralph Nader. While Trump continues to try and unify the Republican Party and to win over undecided voters, many Republicans are turning to Clinton and Johnson as alternatives to the billionaire.

Even longtime Republicans, like the Bush family and several of their lifelong advisers are turning to Clinton over Trump, seeing her as the lesser of the two evils.

Over the weekend, Trump focused on terrorism and suggested that he was best suited to deal with the issue as he correctly called the New York City explosions “bombs.” The media lashed out at Trump, blasting him for labeling the explosions bombs without any evidence. However, the explosions were eventually labelled as an act of terrorism and Trump quickly bragged about his correct prediction.

Clinton also weighed in on the explosion, criticizing Trump for calling it a bomb, but she too called it a bombing using more nuanced phrasing.

The real test for both candidates is coming up at the end of the month when both Clinton and Trump will face off at the presidential debates. If Clinton can hammer Trump with substantive policy, Trump should struggle, as it will be the first time he has to focus on talking about policy beyond his usual talking points.