We are knee-deep into the homestretch of the 2016 general election cycle, and the subject of momentum is once again upon us. As stated before on these pages, the person with the momentum going into this part of the election process, barring a catastrophic October surprise, usually wins the race.
And as the polls are starting to reveal, Hillary Clinton has a lot to be worried about. A recent poll by Rasmussen Reports, one of the more accurate polling institutions in the political game, has Donald Trump ahead of Hillary Clinton nationally by a full five percentage point beyond the margin of error. In commenting on these new numbers, Trump said, “Look at these numbers – tremendous!”
The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted from September 20th to September 21st, 2016. The margin of error in the sampling is +/- 3 percentage points. The level of confidence is 95 percent.
This puts the momemtum squarely in the Trump camp. All the Trump campaign really has to do from this point out is focus specifically on its core policies, refrain from unnecessary self-inflicted wounds, continue its outreach to minority communities, and pound the pavement to get out the vote, and we are looking at a Trump presidency!
Trump wrote on Facebook, “I’ve said it from the start—this is a movement, and it’s growing stronger each day. I want you to know I hear you loud and clear. I promise you—I will always be your voice!”
The issues of Hillary Clinton’s health and the never-ending drip, drip, drip of evidence in the several scandals connected to her secretary of state tenure and the Clinton Foundation are weighing like an anchor around her neck.
Clinton, in an interview with a local ABC reporter in Tampa, Florida, outright refused to submit – or even entertain the idea of submitting – to a neurological test to quell hypotheses that she very well may be suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
In response to a request to take a neurological exam, Clinton said, “I’m very sorry I got pneumonia. I’m very glad that antibiotics took care of it. And that’s behind us now. I’ve met the standard that everybody running for president has met in terms of releasing information about my health.”
When pressed further to take a neurological exam, Clinton, steely-eyed and a bit defiant, said, “There’s no need for that. The information is very clear…”
Revelations that the Clinton Foundation contracted with an Indian pharmaceutical company that distributed “watered-down” HIV/AIDs medication to patients in sub-Saharan Africa has called into question the crown-jewel program of the Clinton Foundation.
And Cheryl Mills, Hillary Clinton’s senior adviser, has been granted immunity to testify in the matters concerning Mrs. Clinton’s unauthorized use of an unsecured email server, her purposeful mishandling of classified emails, and how so many Clinton Foundation donors ended up with plum State Department positions.
With momemtum on his side, all Trump has to do is refrain from reacting to the almost guaranteed goading he will receive during the presidential debates, stick to advancing his core policies, and maybe toss out some names of possible cabinet members to tantalize the “leaners,” and we can officially say, “Game over.”
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