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Presidential Race Tightens

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September 16, 2016 · 3:59 PM EDT

This can’t be what Democrats imagined when Republicans nominated Donald J. Trump as their presidential nominee.

Hillary Clinton’s high-single-digit lead in the national polls coming out of the conventions has all but evaporated, and even her grip on the Electoral College looks less certain than it did just a few…

After Trump, Do Campaigns Still Matter?

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Stuart Rothenberg September 2, 2016 · 2:59 PM EDT

“If Donald Trump happens to win,” a veteran Republican campaign consultant said to me recently, “It is going to put a whole lot of field operatives out of work.”

Trump, of course, has been running for president virtually without a campaign.

Yes, there is a candidate. And the candidate…

Clinton Keeps Distinct Edge in Presidential Race

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September 2, 2016 · 2:56 PM EDT

Donald Trump has narrowed Hillary Clinton’s advantage in national polls, but his fundamental disadvantage in the electoral college has not changed. 

The former secretary of state’s margin over the Manhattan real estate mogul has slipped from about 7 points to closer to 5 points since the middle of August.…

New Normal Isn’t Friendly to Trump

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Nathan L. Gonzales August 19, 2016 · 3:00 PM EDT

The dust is starting to settle after the conventions, and it looks more like quicksand for Donald J. Trump.

The GOP presidential nominee was in a precarious electoral position before the conventions because of his high unfavorable ratings and penchant for saying controversial things. Four days in Cleveland was supposed…

The Most Important Question to Ask Trump Defectors

Nathan L. Gonzales August 12, 2016 · 1:28 PM EDT

“Quitting the Republican Party” is the easiest way to make the news these days, but the stories about Donald Trump defectors don’t go far enough to understand the potential impact on the November elections.

Conservative columnist George Will revealed in late June that he had changed his voter registration to…

The Country is More Divided Than You Think

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Nathan L. Gonzales August 5, 2016 · 3:58 PM EDT

After two consecutive weeks of covering both party conventions, standing in both arenas and being on the floor for parts of all eight nights, I came away with at least one big takeaway: We live in a divided country—a very divided country. 

At first glance, this isn’t breaking news.…

What I Learned Outside the Convention Bubble

Nathan L. Gonzales August 3, 2016 · 11:19 AM EDT

WYNNEWOOD, Pa. — Stephanie Peditto is a reminder that it’s good for reporters to venture outside the bubble because normal people don’t always follow the campaigns closely.  

After nearly two consecutive weeks of covering party conventions, it was time to take a break from the overwhelming world of…

Clinton Campaign Readying National Olympic Ad Blitz

Nathan L. Gonzales July 27, 2016 · 9:23 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA- Hillary Clinton is planning a massive television ad buy during the Olympics, on the heels of accepting the Democratic nomination for president.  

Hillary for America has reserved time for a high seven-figure national network and cable advertising campaign during the Summer Olympics, which begin August 5, according…

Utah No Longer Safe for Donald Trump

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Nathan L. Gonzales July 1, 2016 · 9:19 AM EDT

President Barack Obama fell just short of 25 percent of the vote in Utah in the 2012 presidential election, but Donald Trump can’t take the Beehive State for granted in November. 

A June 2-8 poll by SurveyUSA for the Salt Lake Tribune showed Trump and Clinton tied at 35 percent,…

Republicans Need Gary Johnson to Save the Senate

Nathan L. Gonzales June 30, 2016 · 9:05 AM EDT

On Sept. 26, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will face off in Dayton, Ohio, for what's anticipated to be the most-watched presidential debate in history. Republicans need Gary Johnson to be on the stage.  

Normally, both parties try to marginalize third-party candidates and keep them from getting publicity…