Welcome to McClatchy’s Voter Survival Guide, an interactive presentation of daily events from one of the strangest presidential campaigns in modern history.
We're just under a month away from the start of early voting and the presidential debates -- and neither party is taking it lightly.
Is it too late for Donald Trump?
Some GOP insiders are calling Donald Trump’s attempt to fix his campaign nearly impossible.
In the past week, Trump has reconfigured his tone, his staff and his policy positions. But with only 26 days until early voting, there are rumblings that Trump may simply be out of time.
I think it’s too late, in fact. I don’t believe he can change. All of this is trying to trick voters into thinking there is a better Donald Trump out there. There is no better Donald Trump.
With unfavorability ratings for each major party nominee surpassing 50 percent, both Clinton and Trump are deeply unpopular with the American public, but even Clinton’s slight edge matters when 90 percent of voters have already made up their mind.
Clinton Foundation continues to draw scrutiny
Republicans and Democrats continue to fight about whether the Clinton Foundation crossed ethical lines during Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State.
Donna Brazile, the acting head of the Democratic National Committee, said there’s nothing unusual about supporters and activists seeking out private meetings. “It's not pay-to-play, unless somebody actually gave someone 50 cents to say, 'I need a meeting,” she said.
Mike Pence, the Republican nominee for Vice President, said it’s possible foreign donors were using the Clinton Foundation to seek U.S. political favor.
"This (foundation) becomes a conduit for people to gain access, and gaining access is a favor.
Mike Pence on CNN's "State of the Union."
Democrats ramp up efforts to win House seats
Donald Trump’s unpopularity is threatening traditionally conservative districts, according to reporting in the New York Times.
Trump is so widely disliked among college-educated voters and white women that he is it at risk of losing several districts by double digits.
Because of the nature of the nominee, it’s going to be a lot more competitive than it ought to be.
Inside Trump’s debate prep
Hillary Clinton is diving deep into opposition research and policy briefings in preparation for the presidential debates. Donald Trump is taking a slightly different approach.
Drawing from a team of informal advisers including former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and recently removed Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, Trump is largely avoiding briefing books and mock debates for the time being and instead opting to come up with biting attacks and a refined pitch.
Donald Trump is the unpredictable X-factor and Hillary Clinton is the scripted statist.”
- So far, Donald Trump’s only position on net neutrality has come from a tweet.
- Donald Trump has “historically bad” support among Jewish voters in Florida, and it could cost him the state.
- Nigel Farage, the man behind Brexit, suggests Donald Trump, the so-called “Mr. Brexit,” could be the next Ronald Reagan.
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