Clinton Leads Trump as Marathon Nears the Final Sprint

MAGGIE HABERMAN Monday, October 24, 2016Screen Shot 2016-10-24 at 16.28.19

Good Monday morning.
The race for the White House enters its final stretch this week, with the two major-party nominees on decidedly unequal footing.
Hillary Clinton extended her lead over Donald J. Trump to 12 percentage points in an ABC News tracking poll. Mrs. Clinton spent time in North Carolina on Sunday, urging people to vote early as she turned her attention to helping candidates further down the ballot.
Groups supporting a Republican-held Congress signaled moves to have some of their candidates run as an explicit “check and balance” against a Clinton presidency, an acknowledgment from those groups that the race for the White House may be all but over.
Mr. Trump seemed aware of that Sunday evening as he campaigned in Florida, where he owns properties but where polls also show him behind Mrs. Clinton. Unlike his recent and explicit vows of retaliation against congressional Republicans who have opposed him, Mr. Trump suggested that he needed Republican majorities to enact his agenda.
The Trump camp conceded that it was lagging, but the campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said it still saw a path to victory. Mr. Trump’s schedule this week will take him to battleground states like Ohio. But he is also visiting places like Colorado, which few strategists believe he has a chance of winning.
Mrs. Clinton faces an electoral map that is more in flux than Democrats had imagined even a few months ago. The website Real Clear Politics listed Texas, a reliably Republican-leaning state in presidential years, as a tossup. And polls show that an independent candidate, Evan McMullin, is competitive in Utah.
Steve Tong, with sign, and Anthony McBride, behind Mr. Tong.

Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group

In June in San Jose, Calif., a tug of war over a sign supporting Donald J. Trump sent one man to jail for six days and another man to self-reflection. This is their story.

Hillary Clinton at Union Baptist Church in Durham, N.C., on Sunday.

Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

With a strong lead in national polls, Mrs. Clinton is urging core Democratic constituencies to vote early in states where balloting has begun.

Patti Fritz, a candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives, at a Democratic Party office this month in Faribault. Ms. Fritz is facing Representative Brian Daniels, the Republican who unseated her two years ago, winning by 221 votes.

Angela Jimenez for The New York Times

Republicans control most statehouse chambers, but with Donald J. Trump stumbling, Democrats hope for down-ballot gains in Minnesota, Colorado, Nevada and elsewhere.

Julian Assange, who has sought asylum at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, has not revealed the source of Democratic emails.

Chris Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Revelations about Donald J. Trump and the Clinton campaign have pulled back the curtain on the political-celebrity mythmaking the news media too often abets.

On the Trail

With time running out to make their closing arguments, and with the swing state calculus most crucial, Mrs. Clinton will be in New Hampshire, joined by Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Tim Kaine will be in Florida.
Mr. Trump will also hold a rally in Florida, where he was over the weekend, and Mike Pence will be in North Carolina.
There are 15 days until Election Day.
Hillary Clinton in a Yankees hat at the White House in 1999 after they won the World Series, but in 1998, she was donning a Chicago Cubs hat.

True or False: Is Hillary Clinton, Native Chicagoan, a Cubs Fan?


A photograph posted on Twitter on Saturday night showed Mrs. Clinton, mouth agape in astonishment, as she watched the Cubs clinch a World Series berth. Some, though, question her loyalty to the team.

Donald J. Trump at a campaign event in Pennsylvania on Saturday.

Donald Trump Gets First Major Endorsement in Las Vegas


The Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada’s largest newspaper, is the first major newspaper to give Mr. Trump its support.

A re-enactment in July of a cattle drive at the Fort Worth Stockyards, which is now represented in the Texas Legislature by Ramon Romero Jr., a son of Mexican immigrants.

Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times

There are more Latino elected officials in Texas than any other state, and even though most are Democrats, they represent an electorate split along racial, ethnic, party and socioeconomic lines.

Donald J. Trump has claimed, without evidence, that the election will be “rigged” and “taken away from us.” Political scientists say this type of rhetoric erodes popular faith in democracy.

Damon Winter/The New York Times

Mr. Trump’s claims that the vote will be “rigged” and “taken away from us” erodes popular faith in democracy, political scientists say.

Peter Henry, the son of Dora Johnson, looking over a wall near 27th Street and President Barack Obama Highway in Riviera Beach, Fla., that once separated black and white neighborhoods.

Turn Onto Old Dixie. After a Long, Rocky Stretch, It Becomes Obama Highway.


A main thoroughfare in the predominantly black town of Riviera Beach, Fla., was once called Old Dixie Highway. But now the road has a new name: President Barack Obama Highway.

In Case You Missed It

Deborah Ross, left, and Senator Richard Burr.

The Calculus in Six Crucial Senate Races


A half-dozen tough races could well determine which political party has control of the Senate.

Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, at a campaign event on Saturday in Gettysburg, Pa.

Gay Republican Group Declines to Endorse Donald Trump


The Log Cabin Republicans said its members were torn between the favorable words Mr. Trump has spoken about their concerns and the anti-gay-rights policies he has embraced.

What We’re Reading Elsewhere

Politico examines what the emails hacked from the Clinton campaign say about Mrs. Clinton’s climate policies.
ABC News looks at the usual role of mail-in votes in presidential elections and how those votes might have an outsize influence this year.
Margaret Sullivan argues in The Washington Post that even if Mr. Trump does concede should he lose on Nov. 8, the news media may not be able to break its “addiction” over covering his every move.