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Friday News: The “latest proof the Republicans are a Zombie Party”; Trump Sees Plotters Everywhere; Miscarriage of Justice in OR


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, October 28. Also check out the Republican U.S. Senator from Illinois going full-on racist.

  • Quinnipiac has Clinton/Kaine leading by 12 points in Virginia; CNU has the lead at 7 points.

    Clinton’s lead in Virginia drops to 7 points, 46-39, as Republicans rejoin the party, especially women

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Republican Donald Trump has pulled to within 7 points of Democrat Hillary Clinton in Virginia, according to a tracking survey released Friday by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University. Clinton leads Trump among likely voters in Virginia, 46-39 percent. Her lead had been as high as 15 points earlier in the tracking series.

    “True to form for the past several statewide elections in Virginia, Republican voters appear to be coming home late, but coming home,” said Dr. Quentin Kidd, Director of the Wason Center. “That’s good news for Trump, and especially good news for the Republican candidates down-ballot.”

    A major factor in Trump’s climb appears to be the return of Republican women to his camp. Clinton continues to lead among women, 46-36 percent. But that gender gap has dropped from 20 points. Also, this survey shows the closing of the significant gap in party loyalty that has favored Clinton since the tracking poll began in September. While 87 percent of Democrats support Clinton, Trump has boosted his support among Republicans to 84 percent, compared with 72 percent in the previous tracking poll.

    “Republican women who were holding back or even considering a vote for Clinton, appear to be making peace with Trump as the reality of a Clinton win sinks in,” said Dr. Rachel Bitecofer, Assistant Director of the Wason Center. “That would explain the surge in women saying they will vote for Trump and the way the party loyalty gap has closed.”

    Independents continue to favor Clinton, 46 percent to 39 percent, although Trump gained ground with that group of voters, too. Libertarian Gary Johnson has seen his support among Independents decline steadily and dramatically, as voters leave third-party choices and return to the major party candidates.

    This survey was conducted Oct. 23-26 among 814 likely Virginia voters. It has an overall margin of error of +/- 4.2%.

  • Video: In New Ad ‘On The Ballot’, President Obama Discusses the Progress at Stake in this Election


  • Trump supporter, 2013 VAGOP LG nominee questions Michelle Obama’s patriotism, morality


  • HFA Statement on Third-Quarter GDP Growth

    In response to new data showing that the economy grew at an annual rate of 2.9 percent in the third quarter of 2016, Hillary for America Senior Policy Advisor Jacob Leibenluft released the following statement:

    “Today’s GDP release shows economic growth at its fastest pace in two years. With more than 15 million jobs created since early 2010 and real median incomes growing more than 5 percent last year, it’s clear we’ve made real progress coming back from the crisis. But Hillary Clinton believes there is still more we need to do to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. Independent experts agree her plan would create good-paying jobs through investments in infrastructure, innovation and education. Donald Trump, on the other hand, would take us backwards, with experts across the political spectrum warning his plans would risk another recession and cost jobs.”

  • Very disturbing anecdote by Robert Reich:

    Yesterday I spoke with a former Republican member of Congress whom I’ve known for years.
    Me: What do you think of your party’s nominee for president?
    He: Trump is a maniac. He’s a clear and present danger to America.
    Me: Have you said publicly that you won’t vote for him?
    He (sheepishly): No.
    Me: Why not?
    He: I’m a coward.
    Me: What do you mean?
    He: I live in a state with a lot of Trump voters. Most Republican officials do.
    Me: But you’re a former official. You’re not running for Congress again. What are you afraid of?
    He: I hate to admit it, but I’m afraid of them. Some of those Trumpistas are out of their fu*king minds.
    Me: You mean you’re afraid for your own physical safety?
    He: All it takes is one of them, you know.
    Me: Wait a minute. Isn’t this how dictators and fascists have come to power in other nations? Respected leaders don’t dare take stand.
    He: At least I’m no Giuliani or Gingrich or Pence. I’m not a Trump enabler.
    Me: I’ll give you that.
    He: Let me tell you something. Most current and former Republican members of Congress are exactly like me. I talk with them. They think Trump is deplorable. And they think Giuliani and Gingrich are almost as bad. But they’re not gonna speak out. Some don’t want to end their political careers. Most don’t want to risk their lives. The Trump crowd is just too dangerous. Trump has whipped them up into a g*ddamn frenzy.

  • Jim

    Just don’t run away after the election, “Lowell”. I’m sure there will be lots of questions.