Hillary Clinton is pulling ahead in polls nationwide and in some crucial states while her rival Donald Trump struggles to extricate his campaign from a string of errors in recent days.
Clinton leads Trump by 11 points in Pennsylvania, nine points in Michigan and 15 points in New Hampshire in polls released Thursday. And she is ahead by 10 points nationally.
Not all numbers have been bad for Trump, however. With his party, he raised $82 million in July, finishing just a little short of Clinton’s $90 million, mostly through small donations.
He was way behind her in June, when he started accepting contributions for his own campaign and for the party — he had self-funded his campaign through the nominating contests.
Now that Trump has nearly caught up with Clinton on one count, he might like to go after her poll numbers now, or so his advisers and Republican officials will wish.
Trump has frustrated them recently with his spat with parents of a fallen Muslim American soldier, and refusal to endorse senior party leaders such as Paul Ryan seeking re-election.
Some Republicans or those leaning Republican have gone so far as to express support for his rival — such as Hewlett-Packard executive Meg Whitman, and congressman Richard Hanna.
Trump told supporters at a rally in Florida on Wednesday the Republican party has never been more united since he jumped into he race. But he may have been trying to convince himself.
Some party officials are said to be “furious” with him, and others are reportedly exploring options in case he were to drop out, though there are absolutely no signs he will.