Monday’s Campaign Round-Up, 10.3.16

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* In a national Fox News poll released late Friday, Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump, 49% to 44%, in a head-to-head match-up, erasing a one-point advantage Trump enjoyed two weeks prior. In the same poll, Clinton is up by three points, 43% to 40%, in a four-way race.

* After Trump talked to the New York Times about Bill Clinton’s extra-marital affairs, the paper asked the candidate about his own infidelities. “I never discuss it,” he responded. “I never discuss it. It was never a problem.”

* As if Trump didn’t have enough troubles, there’s new reporting that suggests he did business with “an Iranian bank that U.S. authorities have linked to terrorist groups and Iran’s nuclear program.”

* Twice this weekend, Trump urged supporters to monitor voting precincts in their area because, as he put it, “nobody has the guts” to talk about voter fraud that exists largely in the imaginations of far-right activists.

* In a rescheduled event, Hillary Clinton was in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the weekend, speaking at a church about her commitment to pursue “end-to-end reform” of the criminal justice system.

* In a bit of a surprise, former Gov. Bill Weld, the Libertarians’ vice presidential nominee, told MSNBC on Friday, “I’m not sure anybody’s more qualified than Hillary Clinton’ to be president.” He quickly added, however, that qualifications are only part of the picture.

* In Oregon, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bud Pierce argued during a debate that a woman who has a “great education and training and a great job is not susceptible” to abuse. The comment seemed particularly bizarre since it came moments after Gov. Kate Brown (D) acknowledged she’d experienced domestic abuse. Pierce apologized for the remark after the debate.

* In New Mexico, the latest Albuquerque Journal poll shows Clinton leading Trump by just four points, 35% to 31%, with former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson (L) running a strong third with 24%.

* In Nevada, a Suffolk poll released on Friday showed Clinton leading Trump, 44% to 38%.

Monday's Campaign Round-Up, 10.3.16