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Clinton Tightens Grip on Presidential Victory

by Nathan L. Gonzales October 14, 2016 · 3:29 PM EDT

The 2016 presidential race is stranger than fiction. The already-unprecedented contest took another turn last weekend when audio from a 2005 tape from NBC’s Access Hollywood revealed Donald Trump crudely talking with host Billy Bush about sexually assaulting women.

The comments weren’t surprising to anyone who has been paying attention,…

Republicans’ Agonizing Wait for Latest Diagnosis

by Nathan L. Gonzales October 10, 2016 · 8:38 PM EDT

Less than a month ago, Republicans tabled their “check-and-balance” strategy as Donald Trump creeped closer to Hillary Clinton in the polls. “We were in the ICU, flatlining,” a Republican operative told Roll Call’s Alex Roarty. “We’re still in the hospital, but we’re in the normal room now.”

But now,…

New Presidential Baseline After First Debate?

by Nathan L. Gonzales September 30, 2016 · 3:28 PM EDT

I tried something dramatic during the first presidential debate on Sept. 26- I decided to watch it without being on Twitter. This may sound silly to normal people outside of Washington, but it definitely isn’t normal to leave the primary place of communication for political journalists during one of the…

Presidential Race Tightens

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?

by 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

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

by 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

by 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

by 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

by 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…