Welcome to McClatchy’s Voter Survival Guide, an interactive presentation of daily events from one of the strangest presidential campaigns in modern history.
Think November is going to be a landslide? Don't be so sure.
Third-party candidates are also clocking in nearly 15 percent of the vote as regular Americans grow increasingly fed up with the major party choices.
Meanwhile, early voting is fundamentally changing the way campaigns are run. Our columnist argues it might even change the results.
Early voting is changing the way campaigns are run
It’s bigger than election day. 37 states, including the major swing states of Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio, all have some form of early voting. This year, there’s a lot at stake.
As a result, the gloves are coming off.
Both campaigns are sending people door-to-door and engaging in their typical rhetoric. Republicans are pushing the idea that Clinton is dishonest and Democrats are pushing back on Trump’s efforts to woo African-American voters.
What it most means is “hand-to-hand combat.”
Scott Jennings, a political veteran from Mitt Romney’s 2012 Ohio campaign.
Trump comments no guarantee Latinos will show up to vote
Latino voter registration is skyrocketing in California after Donald Trump labeled Mexican immigrants "rapists," but that doesn't mean they'll turn out in November.
One Republican consultant says he's never seen higher negative ratings among Latino voters than he has for Donald Trump. Still, organizers are going to have to knock on doors and pick up phones to get a turnout that surpasses other elections.
Aviation experts call Trump's jobs claims "side-splittingly hilarious."
For the last year, Donald Trump has told voters to elect him or risk aviation jobs moving to China. Aircraft industry analyst Richard Aboulafia says his claims aren't true. They're “side-splittingly hilarious" he said.
Adam Pilarski, vice president of aviation consulting group Avitas Inc. agrees. "Are you kidding me?" he asked. These statements "don't make sense."
They’re an embarrassing misunderstanding of the aircraft industry.”
Aircraft industry analyst Richard Aboulafia on Trump’s claims about Boeing.
Some people really hate the Clinton campaign's "Fight Song."
An LA Times music writer described it as "one of the worst songs ever released." "It's schmaltzy, forgettable," he said.
A former Bernie Sanders staffer agreed, describing it as "wrecking balls inside my brain."
Best of social media
- Donald Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, calls Trump "a man of compassion."
- Clinton fund gives Kentucky Democrats a $793,000 boost.
- Clinton plans to hold 54 private fundraisers and two public events before the end of August.
- Anthony Weiner claims his wife--and longtime Hillary aide--Huma Abedin should have been left out of documentary about his failed run for New York City mayor.
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Eric Wuestewald, @eric_wuest