The latest on the presidential horse race.

Clinton Maintains 4 Point Lead over Trump

The latest general election poll by ABC News/Washington Post has placed Hillary Clinton 4 points ahead of Donald Trump.

Which presidential candidate would you vote for?

  • Hillary Clinton – 50%
  • Donald Trump – 46%

Trump continues to sink in all of his sexual scandals. Several women came forward this week, accusing the billionaire of groping and kissing them without their permission. Of course, at the previous debate, Trump made it clear that he had never engaged in such behavior. In order to defend himself, Trump has been forced to rely on shady individuals like Anthony Gilberthorpe, who used to supply underage boys to British politicians for their sex parties.

Sadly, none of this is a joke and this is the circus that Trump’s campaign has become. If Trump wants to pick it up in the polls, he needs to convince voters that he can offer them some type of substantive policy. As it stands, his talking points are ineffective and most voters are more focused on his scandals than on what he has to offer them as their future president.

Clinton is completely in the driver’s seat at the moment. None of her scandals are in the spotlight. If any other candidate were running against her, she would be the focal point of the election, given her immense political baggage. However, Trump has managed to steal the spotlight for himself and it seems unlikely that this will change before Nov. 8.

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Fox News: Trump’s Slump Continues, Trails Clinton by 8

According to the latest national poll by FOX News, Donald Trump is trailing Hillary Clinton by 8 points after a turbulent week.

Which presidential candidate would you vote for?

  • Hillary Clinton – 49%
  • Donald Trump – 41%

Trump has managed to lose the election over the course of this past week. Scandal after scandal have leaked, causing him to drop in the polls, and damaging his image with American voters.

Starting with the infamous “grab her by the pussy” clip, followed by stories of how he watched underage girls at beauty pageants, Trump has struggled to keep up with all of the stories that are now flooding his campaign.

Somewhere out there, Clinton is laughing. Clinton, a candidate with more political baggage than imaginable, has managed to hide from the spotlight and is now set to make history and become the first female president.

As it stands, she continues to gain in the polls without making any effort. As the news stories sink Trump, she gains momentum and looks poised to run away with the election on Nov. 8.

While there is still one final presidential debate, it seems unlikely that Trump will be able to win over voters when he is struggling to win over his own party.

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Clinton up by 11 as She Continues to Hammer Trump in the Polls

The latest general election poll by The Atlantic/PRRI has placed Hillary Clinton 11 points ahead of Donald Trump.

Which presidential candidate would you vote for?

  • Hillary Clinton – 49%
  • Donald Trump – 38%

Trump is having a rough start to the week. Even though he performed well in the debate, the video clip of his offensive comments from 2005 continue to bury him. Major Republicans are withdrawing their support for him, Trump continues to defend his comments as “locker room talk,” and he refused to issue a heartfelt apology. All of these factors, combined with how close the election is, and it appears that Trump’s campaign is all but dead. Most of the major polls have Clinton up by double digits.

At this point, the election is in Clinton’s hands. There is enough ammunition for her to use against Trump and most of the American population is now well versed in Trump’s behavior. So long as Clinton remains low, the media will not pay any attention to her. This is the position that Clinton has wanted to be in since the beginning as she carried a lot of baggage and she hates talking about it.

Trump tried to pepper her on her ample baggage, and while he got some good jabs in, like the Bill Clinton rape allegations and the emails, he was unable to make effective progress in the polls.

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Clinton Beats out Trump in OH, WI, IA, FL, PA

According to five of the latest polls for various states, Hillary Clinton continues to dominate Donald Trump as the billionaire only managed to beat Clinton in one state, Iowa.

Ohio (CBS News/YouGov)

  • Hillary Clinton – 46%
  • Donald Trump – 42%

Wisconsin (CBS News/YouGov)

  • Hillary Clinton – 43%
  • Donald Trump – 39%

Iowa (Des Moines Register)

  • Donald Trump – 43%
  • Hillary Clinton – 39%

Florida (NBC/WSJ/Marist)

  • Hillary Clinton – 45%
  • Donald Trump – 42%

Pennsylvania (NBC/WSJ/Marist)

  • Hillary Clinton – 49%
  • Donald Trump – 37%

This past weekend has been a rough one for Trump. A hot mic clip from a 2005 Access Hollywood segment was leaked to the media. In the clip, Trump brags about his celebrity status and how he can use it to “grab her by the p*ssy.”

Many major Republicans have already jumped ship, citing those comments as justification for rescinding their endorsement of Trump. Many supporters from the religious right have also dropped support, saying that they do not want to support a candidate that behaves in such a way.

In addition, Trump’s disastrous weekend will provide the Clinton campaign with ample firepower to strike at Trump. To date, they have already hit Trump hard on his sexist and misogynist comments, but this new clip will certainly be featured in an attack ad down the road.

Many pundits have called for Trump to end his campaign, a request he flatly denied. None the less, there is a lot of division in the Republican Party right now, and with the election so close, it appears as if Trump will have trouble reuniting the party and solidifying his voter base before the polls open.

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Donald Trump Pulls Ahead of Hillary Clinton in New Poll

The latest general election poll by the LA Times/USC Tracking, has placed Donald Trump ahead of Hillary Clinton by 4 points.

Which presidential candidate would you vote for?

  • Donald Trump – 47%
  • Hillary Clinton – 43%

Despite a disastrous week for Trump, he remains ahead in this poll. Trump has dropped the ball hard in the last week, engaging in sexist rants, talking about sex tapes at 3 a.m., and he has been forced to constantly defend himself. Additionally, Trump was embarrassed by his running mate Mike Pence, who had a stronger debate performance than Trump. With Sunday’s presidential debate fast approaching, Trump will need to come to the debate focused and ready to talk about substantive policy, and not his usual, vague talking points.

As for Clinton, she continues to have the upper hand in the majority of polls. When it comes to LA Times/USC Tracking polls, she tends to always poll below Trump. Her polling average is still higher than Trump and a different poll released on Wednesday revealed that she holds a 10 point lead over Trump. So long as Clinton comes to the debate prepared and performs like she did in the first one, she should win and she will further embarrass Trump.

The election isn’t that far off, so if Trump has a poor showing at Sunday’s debate, his campaign will be in jeopardy and he will seriously need to consider the viability of his campaign at that point.

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Trump Draws Even With Clinton in Latest General Election Poll

In the latest general election poll by Rasmussen Reports, Donald Trump has managed to draw even with Hillary Clinton.

Which presidential candidate would you vote for?

  • Hillary Clinton – 42%
  • Donald Trump – 41%
  • Gary Johnson – 9%

Even though Clinton beat Trump by 1 percent, that is well within the margin of error and should be worrying for Clinton. While Rasmussen Reports tends to be right leaning, Clinton hasn’t been able to deal a finishing blow to Trump’s campaign.

Over the course of the past week, Trump provided Clinton with enough ammunition to end his campaign. His embarrassing tax returns showing a $1 billion loss in 1995 were released, he attacked Alicia Machado, tweeting about her sex tape at 3 a.m., and he rambled on about typical Trump talking points.

None the less, Trump still stands, and while he is polling on average below Clinton, he is very much still in the race and this election is far from a done deal. The next presidential debate will provide Trump with an opportunity to redeem himself, but if history has taught us anything, he will more than likely squander this chance. Thus, if Trump wants to do better in the polls, he will have to continue to work on courting the African-American vote, something that has been incredibly difficult for him to date.

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Trump Regains Lead Over Clinton After a Rough Week

The latest general election poll by the LA Times/USC Tracking has placed Donald Trump 5 points ahead of Hillary Clinton.

Which presidential candidate would you vote for?

  • Donald Trump – 47%
  • Hillary Clinton – 42%

Despite Trump’s poor performance in the first presidential debate, he has managed to hold on in the polls. Adding to that, he spent most of the week attacking former Miss Universe Alicia Machado over her weight, credibility, and everything else. He earned tons of criticism from the media for his strange Twitter tantrums and it appeared as if Trump was destroying his own campaign. Yet, he still stands and in certain polls, he has managed to tie Clinton, while in others he is slightly ahead.

Clinton hasn’t helped her case either. Rather than addressing Trump’s strange comments, she is once again remaining silent. Her decision to run out the clock has many Americans questioning her own personal baggage. By avoiding the spotlight, it reinforces their suspicions that she is hiding something and that she is afraid of being exposed.

This entire election cycle has been a strange one. From the very beginning, the entirety of the mainstream media ruled out Trump and never believed he would make it deep into the primary cycle, let alone become the Republican nominee. While logic dictates that Trump won’t win, this entire election cycle has been illogical from the very start.

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Clinton Stays Ahead in Florida, Michigan, and New Hampshire

The latest state polls have revealed that Hillary Clinton is ahead of Donald Trump in Florida (Mason-Dixon), Michigan (Detroit News), and New Hampshire (WBUR/MassInc).

Florida

  • Hillary Clinton – 46%
  • Donald Trump – 42%
  • Gary Johnson – 7%

Michigan

  • Hillary Clinton – 42%
  • Donald Trump – 35%
  • Gary Johnson – 9%

New Hampshire

  • Hillary Clinton – 42%
  • Donald Trump – 35%
  • Gary Johnson – 13%

The last week has been a rough one for Trump. In true Trump fashion, he has rambled, he has insulted, and he has helped irrelevant issues stay relevant for far too long.

Looking at the Alicia Machado drama, Trump would have been best served to let the story fizzle out, but instead, he continued to defend his previous insults against her and has kept the story alive. This has resulted in embarrassing media soundbites, Twitter tantrums, and it has shown how petty and thin-skinned Trump is.

On top of that, Trump is convinced that he won the first presidential debate, despite an overwhelming number of critics saying that he lost. Reports even surfaced that Trump was mad at his advisers for suggesting that he lost the debate. All of these stories combined define Trump and how he is a 70-year-old toddler that throws a tantrum when he doesn’t get his way.

As for Clinton, she has remained relatively quiet this week, letting Trump implode his own campaign. It appears as if she will continue running out the clock and letting Trump destroy himself. This is a risky strategy as she continues to poll very closely to Trump and the slightest boost in Trump’s numbers could see him knocking on Clinton’s door.

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Trump Sees Post-Debate Surge in Latest Poll

While most critics believe that Hillary Clinton won Monday night’s presidential debate, Donald Trump is now leading the latest general election poll by the LA Times/USC Tracking.

Which presidential candidate would you vote for?

  • Donald Trump – 47%
  • Hillary Clinton – 43%

The fact that Trump gained in the polls despite losing the debate shows that he can practically say anything and not feel the effects of it. In the debate, he lied, shamed women, slammed immigrants, and rambled like a madman for over an hour. Despite this, he continues to poll well and has even gained an early lead over Clinton in this post-debate poll.

Clinton had a good debate, but she didn’t press Trump hard enough on the major issues. If Trump rambled too much, Clinton was too cautious and ineffective at trying to call Trump out for his shenanigans.

There is good news in all of this though. If Trump behaves like he did on Monday night in the rest of the debates, he will find it difficult to appeal to undecided voters. Clinton can easily secure these votes by turning up the heat and fact-checking Trump on his various lies. She also deserves credit for pulling the Alicia Machado card, which the arrogant Trump doubled down on  instead of apologizing for them.

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Trump and Clinton Head into the Debate Tied

The latest general election poll by Bloomberg has revealed that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are tied at 46 percent a piece.

Which presidential candidate would you vote for?

  • Hillary Clinton – 46%
  • Donald Trump – 46%

With the first presidential debate set to take place on Monday night, expect this deadlock to be quickly resolved. As it stands, both candidates are making blunders. For Clinton, its her questionable health and the lack of trust voters have in her, while for Trump, the majority of voters dislike his racist policies and his frequent need to lie.

Monday night’s presidential debate will force both of the candidates to address important issues head on. Clinton is far better in debates than Trump is, but never rule out Trump as he has been incredibly unpredictable throughout the entire election cycle.

If Trump can calm himself, act presidential even for a moment, and backup his policies with actual facts and realistic explanations, he could do well and possibly win over some of the undecided voter block. However, if he tries to stick to vague statements, bully tactics, and behaves like he normally does, he stands to do a lot of damage to his campaign at a time when Americans are hoping to hear him say something intelligent.

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