Mark Twain once said something to the effect of “reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” Well, we must also say “reports of Donald Trump’s defeat have been greatly exaggerated.”
Let’s take a little trip back in the Wayback Machine. Remember when Trump was getting KILLED in the polls? Clinton was trouncing him with double digit leads. According to the Real Clear Politics Average, on March 30th, Clinton was at the magic 50.0 percent with Trump at a dismal 38.8 percent – an 11.2 deficit.
As of August 9th, Trump was again at a nadir, 7.9 points behind Clinton at 39.9 to her 47.8. Pundits were saying he would never make it back.
But now, that lead has been cut to 5.3 points with Clinton at 46.8 to Trump at 41.5. And what’s really blowing minds is the LA Times/USC poll, which shows Trump with a two-point lead.
She’s had a terrible week, between the questions about her health and her empty campaign schedule, the investigations into the Clinton Foundation and the judge’s order to answer questions about her email server under oath.
Trump on the other hand gave a well-received speech about immigration, showed some humility and great generosity for the people of Baton Rouge, and brought on board new campaign advisors. Sure seems to be paying off.
We still have many weeks to go, but it’s a safe bet there will be more Clinton scandals to contend with, and even more questions about her health.
If Trump can stay on this trajectory and remain focused in the debates, we may just have a very bright light at the end of this dark tunnel.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]