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Eye On Candidates
May 18, 2016

Trump gains while Democrats Squabble

Businessman Donald Trump has generally trailed in head-to-head matchups against both Democratic candidates, but as a result of the prolonged contest between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders he appears to be making up ground. The Hill reports this morning:

Amid Democratic infighting, polls are improving for Trump

Donald Trump appears to be making rapid progress in unifying Republican voters behind his presidential bid even as Democratic discord between backers of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders reaches new highs.

An NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll released Tuesday morning showed Trump and Clinton performing at exactly the same level within their respective parties. Each commanded 87 percent support.

The poll also suggested that hopes among Democrats of an easy win over Trump are misplaced. Tuesday’s poll had Clinton with an edge of just 3 points in a hypothetical match-up: The former secretary of State led Trump 48 percent to 45 percent....

The article also goes into detail regarding how the growing enmity between the Clinton and Sanders camps may damage her ability to unify the party, assuming she becomes the nominee. But for now, Trump is clearly the beneficiary of the drawn-out process on the Democratic side.