Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos…An 11-year-old asked Mike Pence on Thursday if his role would be “softening up” Donald Trump’s words, giving credence once and for all to the idea that the job of cable news political pundit could, in fact, be done by a child.
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Hot off the presses, we have brand new polling on the 2016 race. And it shows (drumroll) more bad news for Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton has jumped to a nine-point lead over the GOP nominee, with the Democratic ticket now besting the GOP’s by a margin of 47 percent to 38 percent in a head-to-head matchup. Here’s a look inside the numbers:
- Clinton enjoys a significant advantage among women (51 percent to Trump’s 35 percent), African Americans (91 percent to 1 percent), all non-white voters (69 percent to 17 percent), young voters (46 percent to 34 percent), and white voters with a college degree (47 percent to 40 percent).
- Trump leads among white voters (45 percent to Clinton’s 40 percent), seniors (46 percent to 43 percent), independents (36 percent to 32 percent) and white voters without a college degree (49 percent to 36 percent).
- The two candidates are running nearly even among men, at 43 percent for Clinton and 42 percent for Trump.
By the way -- that’s the first time that Clinton has led/tied Trump with men since JANUARY, wayyyy before either candidate nabbed the nomination.
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POPPING ON NBC POLITICS
- Paul Ryan did not reverse his support for Donald Trump but said no endorsement is a “blank check.”
- Obama called Trump’s claims the election could be rigged “ridiculous.”
- Trump is pushing the GOP to its breaking point.
- Mike Pence appeared decline to endorse John McCain and Kelly Ayotte on Thursday.
- Here’s how the GOP would fill a vacancy on the presidiential ticket.
FOR THE RECORD…
"He's said a lot of dumb things. So have all of them. Both sides. But everybody—the press and everybody's going, ‘Oh, well, that's racist,’ and they're making a big hoodoo out of it. Just [expletive deleted] get over it. It's a sad time in history.
- Clint Eastwood talking about Donald Trump in an interview with Esquire.
Donald Trump and Mike Pence hold rallies in Des Moines, IA and Green Bay, WI.
Tim Kaine is in Wisconsin and Michigan.