Focus Turns to Early Voting in Key States

Screen Shot 2016-09-30 at 10.38.39 AMMAGGIE HABERMAN

Friday, September 30, 2016


Good Friday morning.
In a race that polls show will cleave to ideological lines, a major focus this week has been how many people vote, and how early.
Hillary Clinton was in Iowa on Thursday to promote the kickoff of early voting in the state, which polls show has moved toward Donald J. Trump.
In-person voting has begun there, and in places like Florida, a critical swing state, early voting will start in the coming days. At the same time, voter registration efforts are underway on college campuses and elsewhere, including one called TurboVote, a nonpartisan effort with 35 technology firms and other companies that have pledged to try to bolster voter rolls.
The reality of modern elections is that a large chunk of the outcome is determined before Election Day, including through absentee ballot requests.
Mrs. Clinton has been buoyed by public opinion polls that have showed her handily winning her first debate against Mr. Trump in New York this week. It was a performance that helped slow Mr. Trump’s momentum after a difficult period for Mrs. Clinton after her diagnosis of pneumonia.
As votes are beginning to be cast, Mr. Trump is locked in one of his worst series of news cycles of the general election, after he doubled down on descriptions of a Miss Universe pageant winner (he used to own the pageant) as overweight. He has sought to shift off that discussion, but has done so by raising questions, both himself and through surrogates, that cast Bill Clinton’s marital infidelities as a character issue for his wife.
Donald J. Trump at a rally in Canton, Ohio, this month. The state has long basked in the spotlight of presidential elections.

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It is a jarring change for Ohio’s political veterans, who have long relished having their state at the center of the country’s presidential races.

Dick and Betty Odgaard outside their home in Grimes, Iowa. Citing their religious beliefs, they refused to rent a building they owned to two gay men for a wedding, setting off a civil rights complaint.

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In small-town Iowa, conservative Christians say they feel abandoned, with no true champion in the presidential race and a country that they believe has turned its back.

Hillary Clinton during the first presidential debate at Hofstra University, in Hempstead, N.Y., on Monday.

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During the forum Monday night, she adopted a lexicon that has been embraced by a new generation of young black activists and liberal whites.

William J. Perry, center, a defense secretary for President Bill Clinton, with the current secretary, Ashton B. Carter, right, at the Hoover Institution last week. Mr. Perry has opposed Obama administration plans for an upgraded nuclear cruise missile.

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The release of a recording of Mrs. Clinton’s comments at a private fund-raiser raised questions about the scope of attacks on the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.

On the Trail

Mr. Trump will hold an early evening rally in Michigan, and Mrs. Clinton will have two events in Florida.
Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia is off the trail to focus on the vice-presidential debate on Tuesday, and Gov. Mike Pence will have one rally in Indiana, his home state.
Bruce Springsteen performed at a rally in support of President Obama in 2012 in Columbus, Ohio.

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Donald J. Trump spoke at the Polish National Alliance in Chicago on Thursday.

Damon Winter/The New York Times

Mr. Trump’s adjusted gross income and actual federal taxes paid for the past five years are numbers that any taxpayer can understand.

Alicia Machado, the former beauty queen who says she was treated poorly by Donald J. Trump, is trying to rally support for Hillary Clinton.

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Google trends data shows an interesting pattern in registration in the last week, and a former beauty queen could have something to do with it.

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Republican and Democratic leaders say the competition will be close, with the G.O.P. benefiting from an influx of money from donors.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan on Thursday, a day after he shepherded a stopgap spending bill through the House with Democrats’ help.

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President Obama and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia failed to resolve their differences, including Syria, after 90 minutes together at a meeting in Hangzhou, China, on Sept. 5.

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President Obama boarding Air Force One on Thursday en route to Jerusalem to attend the service for Shimon Peres.

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What We’re Reading Elsewhere

Kurt Eichenwald of Newsweek writes: “A company controlled by Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, secretly conducted business in Communist Cuba during Fidel Castro’s presidency despite strict American trade bans that made such undertakings illegal, according to interviews with former Trump executives, internal company records and court filings.”
Matt Bai of Yahoo News looks at how Mr. Trump has pulled the race so tight even amid his slip-ups, while Politico says that if Mr. Trump loses the election and contests that loss as part of a “rigged” system, “we have no good way out.”
The editorial board of USA Today writes that in its “34-year history” it has “never taken sides in the presidential race,” and has not “presumed to tell our readers, who have a variety of priorities and values, which choice is best for them.” That is, “until now,” writing that “this year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.”