Battleground ’16: Closing Argument

Battleground ’16: Closing Argument

Just under two weeks from Election Day on Nov. 8, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are making their closing arguments, with the same sharp contrast in style that has marked their matchup.

The Republican nominee has continued to wage his increasingly lonely battle against the media and the “mainstream” GOP, insisting the election and polls are rigged by the “elites.” Trump also is peppering foreign policy critiques into his broadsides, from slamming the ongoing offensive against the Islamic State to take back Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, to predicting the Democratic former secretary of state’s strategy for Syria would “lead to World War III.” He’s seized on rising Obamacare premiums to rally his base, but it won’t change his dismal odds: Clinton has a 93 percent chance of winning the White House, according to the New York Times.

Even in Trump’s continued defiance — on Tuesday night, the Washington Post reported he isn’t doing any more high-dollar fundraisers, crippling Republican Party financing — recognition of a looming loss seems to be creeping in. As Clinton’s campaign goes in for the kill, dumping dollars into down-ballot races and dispatching her most powerful surrogates to help Democrats take back the Senate and make other gains, Trump’s campaign has spent more on hats than polling.

On Tuesday, he held yet another event touting his hotel in Washington. That may be as close as he ever gets to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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