The Lid: Clinton Gets Bump Ahead of Debate

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Just five days ahead of the all-important first presidential debate, a brand-new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows some encouraging signs for Hillary Clinton. The Democratic presidential nominee leads Donald Trump by six points among likely voters in a four-way match up. The survey was taken AFTER Clinton’s health controversy. She also leads Trump by seven points in a head-to-head matchup in what is the NBC/WSJ poll’s first 2016 survey of likely voters. What is just as encouraging for the Clinton camp is that they are running nearly even when it comes to voter enthusiasm. Seventy-eight percent of Trump’s voters said they are highly interested in the election, versus 75 percent of Clinton voters. The numbers give Democrats momentum heading into the biggest night (so far) of the campaign and also raises the stakes for Trump’s first debate appearance.


  • New poll alert!
  • Boxing promoter Don King used a racial slur while introducing Donald Trump here Wednesday during an African-American outreach event in which the Republican nominee reacted to recent police shootings, NBC’s Ali Vitali reports.
  • Clinton and Trump had their best fundraising months of the campaign in August, NBC’s Leigh Ann Caldwell reports.
  • And Republican mega-donors continue to put their money not behind their presidential nominee but into super PACs focused on keeping the Senate and House in Republican hands.
  • Per NBC’s Alex Jaffe: Trump used money from his charitable foundation to settle legal disputes concerning his business enterprises, court and tax filings show.
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren told a crowd that Trump is "so scary, he keeps me up at night" and that she's "nervous" there's "even a one percent chance of Donald Trump winning."
  • Trump said “places like Afghanistan are safer” than some U.S. cities.


"I told Michael Jackson, I said, 'If you're poor, you're a poor negro,' I would use the N-word."

  • Don King while campaigning for Trump on Wednesday. Moments later he actually used the N-word.


Donald Trump holds a rally in Pittsburgh and Aston, PA. Mike Pence is in Colorado Springs.

Tim Kaine is in Reno, while Chelsea Clinton campaigns in Michigan.