Hillary Clinton is rising in the polls just as Donald Trump is plummeting, with a series of controversies sinking the presumptive GOP candidate and leading to what could be the biggest electoral college blowout in three decades.
The 2016 presidential polls were drastically different just one month ago. As May drew to a close, Trump saw his performance rise to the best of the campaign. The real estate mogul had enjoyed three straight weeks of being the only candidate left on the Republican side after his sudden and unexpectedly large win in the Indiana primary led both Ted Cruz and John Kasich to drop out.
With only Hillary Clinton to focus on, Trump went to work repairing relationships within his party and enjoyed a nomination bump that saw him overtake Clinton in polling averages for the first — and so far, only — time of the campaign.
Since that high point, the wheels have fallen off for Donald Trump. Polls show that his support has taken a nosedive in the last month, as a series of controversies have turned off voters and led Trump’s own party into a near-revolt around him.
Even the shaky unity Trump was able to forge fell apart quickly. He accused the judge overseeing his Trump University fraud case of bias because the judge had Mexican heritage and because Trump planned to build a wall at the border. The line of attack was criticized even within his own party, with House Speaker Paul Ryan calling it racist.
But Trump hasn’t recovered since that criticism, later appearing to gloat in the wake of the Orlando shooting, congratulating himself for predicting an act of Islamic violence in the United States.
The factors have led to what is today the largest lead for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential polls. Her lead is now more than six points on average, and she has notched double-digit leads in a number of polls. The most recent Reuters/Ipsos poll showed Clinton ahead of Trump 47 percent to 33 percent.
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Trump's support plummets as Clinton regains a double-digit lead in a new poll https://t.co/wD05ZzujXR
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That has led to predictions that Hillary Clinton could he headed to a victory larger even than Barack Obama in 2008 or 2012, and some believe that if trends continue that she could win by a margin larger than any president since Ronald Reagan defeated Walter Mondale in 1984.
Trump could have some other major problems, The Hill noted. After bragging that he would self-fund his campaign, Trump has failed to shift gears to a general election approach that will need the help of more donors.
“Campaign finance disclosures released earlier this week showed Trump’s campaign finished May with just $1.3 million in the bank and raised $3.1 million.
“Clinton raised $28.28 million in May and has more than $42 million cash on hand.”
There have been some signs of recovery for Donald Trump. An all-out fundraising push this week brought the campaign $11 million in just two days, and Trump’s campaign said they plan to run their race without bloated spending totals.
“We’re going to raise a lot of money,” said the candidate’s son, Eric Trump (via CNN). “We don’t need the kind of money that Hillary (Clinton) needs.”
Donald Trump may have other plans to recover his position in the polls against Hillary Clinton. The nominee appeared to heed the wisdom of Republican Party insiders to dial back his shoot-from-the-hip style, and this week delivered just his second teleprompter-aided speech, an attack on Hillary Clinton and her record. Whether that gives Trump the boost he needs remains to be seen, but it shows that the GOP candidate is taking his poll nosedive very seriously.
[Image via Instagram/Hillary Clinton]