October 8, 2016

THE SHIP BE SINKIN':

Republicans May Be About To Flee Trump (David Thornton, October 8, 2016, The Resurgent)

After two weeks of bad news and a disastrous debate performance, many Republicans are getting nervous about Donald Trump. Even before the revelation of the 2005 audio recording in which Trump describes how "when you're a star" you "can do anything" to women, Trump was slipping in polls and Hillary seemed to be surging in most swing states.

Now there are reports are that if Donald Trump does not perform well in the second debate on Sunday, that Republicans may "flee openly from their nominee." The report comes from the New York Times which cites two "two senior Republicans involved at high levels of the campaign." According to the Times, internal polling by both parties shows that the Trump's deficit is wider than generally recognized, especially among independent voters, moderate Republicans, and women. The audio release will hurt Trump with women voters, in particular.

Neil Newhouse a Republican pollster is worried that Trump's decline will impact close Republican Senate races. "Two weeks ago I would have said Republicans would hold control of the Senate, but there's just so many seats up and nobody is getting separation," Newhouse told the Times. "It worries me that we're this close to Election Day and you're not seeing that separation, because it makes you wonder what kind of impact the top of the ticket has."

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