For a large amount of time, Donald Trump’s candidacy and presidential run has functioned as a platoon of things; a source of farce from risible comedians, a figurehead of the American Dream, a father’s legacy and a scapegoat for business – first and foremost, though, he is a zenith of all the above.

As of late, a video – recorded in 2005 – pertaining to lewd and indecent comments of sexual abuse has since charred, blackened and overcooked Trump beneath his spotlight, accused of bragging about abusing both his power and women. He has since dismissed the chapter as nothing more than “locker room banter”, attesting that it was a “private conversation that took place many years ago”. He then went on and stated that “Bill Clinton has said far worse to [him] on the golf course”, targeting his opponent.

With this in mind, those who found themselves drawn to the candour of the Free World leader-potential find themselves in the hub of inquisitiveness. Many have been deterred over time by his remarks, and voters who have remained loyal and have continued to live by the American oath-maker find themselves resigned to voting elsewhere. But could Trump still take the quadrennial election? When push comes to shove, it seems that anything is possible.

In what has been called the most unpredictable presidential race in America’s modern history, the billionaire has appeared to be digging his own grave for a defeat, making a rare admission that he could, indeed, lose the election. New polls indicate Hillary Clinton to be ahead in more than a few battleground states, not to mention nationally. A CNN poll denoted her a nine-point edge on her Republican counterpart, while an ABC News national poll, released Sunday, clinched twelve points up. Overlooking Trump’s recent decline in popularity, the election is far from won. Clinton and her team continue to magnify the electoral map in a manner which wields a more conclusive and convincing triumph than the polls currently suggest. Focused on Ohio, North Carolina and Florida, Robby Mook – Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager – suggests to “keep on working” until the job is done.

At the beginning of the candidacy race, Trump stated that he believed he had an edge over his opponents, and this edge came in the form of wealth. “Part of the beauty of me is that I’m very rich,” he went on, “If I need $600 million, I can put $600 million to myself.” He explained that money gave him “a huge advantage over the other candidates”, placing a price on the presidency. But what advantages does self-funding wield over fundraising? A single person can donate only $2,7000 per election to a Federal candidate or the candidate’s campaign committee. With this in mind, it would appear that self-funding holds an edge on fundraising. Saying this, however, in the final campaign finance filing it has been reported that where Clinton and her independent-expenditure committees have raised a grand $702 million, her political opponent dithers behind at near half of that: $312 million.

Despite this, it appears that Donald Trump’s supporters and prospective voters do not believe he is fading behind, nor do they agree that he will lose. Polls are, after all, documented as unreliable sources from time to time, as J.D. Vance, an author, argues. Polls often don’t “reflect reality”, and he went on to say the following: “If Trump loses, as the polls tell us he will, I do think a lot of folks are going to be very surprised.”

Perhaps, then, there is a fleeting chance that Trump might see the Oval Office after all; only time will tell.

Posted by Carys Hudson

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