The Lid: Trump Helps Consolidate Support in Second Debate

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In the wake of Sunday night’s debate, many Republicans were quick to declare Donald Trump the winner and speculate that his performance would be enough to halt his freefall in the polls. And new evidence shows that - although Hillary Clinton still has a dominant lead over Trump - Trump appears to have at least re-consolidated some of his previous support among GOP voters. Clinton leads by nine points overall in the four-way matchup in our latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll -- which includes interviews from Saturday and Sunday (before the debate) and Monday (after the debate) -- compared to an 11 point lead for Clinton in the pre-debate data alone. It’s worth noting that the big reason for Trump-loving Republicans to feel ever-so-slightly buoyed isn’t as much the topline number as the data inside them, which show that Republicans are back to coalescing around their nominee. In fact, the share of Republicans who say they want downballot GOP candidates to continue to embrace Trump is up from 67 percent BEFORE the debate to 83 percent after the debate.


“Please take it from me: Every single vote counts.”

-- Al Gore during a rally with Hillary Clinton on Tuesday.


Hillary Clinton makes stops in Colorado and Las Vegas.

Donald Trump continues to campaign in Florida.

Mike Pence stops in Virginia and North Carolina. Tim Kaine also makes a stop in the Tar Heel State.