Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.* Mike Pence, Donald Trump's running mate, insisted this morning that ABC's Martha Raddatz "misrepresented" his Syria policy during last night's presidential debate. For the record, Raddatz quoted Pence literally word for word.* The latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Trump by five, 46% to 41%, in a four-way match-up. Note, the poll was conducted from October 3 through 9, which means many of the responses came before Trump's sexual-assault tape.* On MSNBC last night, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said she intends to remain in her current post "unless." Unless what? She didn't say.* Trump and his business enterprises have faced quite a few lawsuits in recent years, and as USA Today reported over the weekend, "allegations outlined in at least 20 separate lawsuits accuse Trump and managers at his companies of discriminating against women, ignoring sexual harassment complaints and even participating in the harassment themselves."* In 1964, five sitting Republican senators opposed Barry Goldwater's candidacy, a modern record. As of this morning, 16 sitting Republican senators either oppose Trump's candidacy, have called for him to drop out of the race, or both.* In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie's (R) lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno (R), has withdrawn her support for Trump.* In Florida, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll found Clinton leading Trump by three in the presidential race, and Marco Rubio (R) leading Patrick Murphy (D) by two in the U.S. Senate race. The poll was conducted ahead of Hurricane Matthew -- and before Trump's sexual assault story.* A related poll in Pennsylvania shows Clinton ahead by 12 in the presidential race in the Keystone State, while Katie McGinty (D) leads incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey (R) in the U.S. Senate race by four percentage points.* In Iowa, which continues to be the state most likely to flip from "blue" to "red," the latest poll from the Des Moines Register shows Trump leading, 43% to 39%.* And Tic Tac's statement over the weekend marked the second time in three weeks a candy maker felt compelled to weigh in on presidential politics, following a statement from Skittles in September.
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