Trump Makes Final Push to Base

Trump will get a boost from new advertising in the final days.

Karyn Bruggeman
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Karyn Bruggeman
Nov. 4, 2016, 11:32 a.m.

“Seek­ing to break through on an elect­or­al map that fa­vors” Hil­lary Clin­ton, Don­ald Trump “has tested his strength in un­con­ven­tion­al places — one day in tos­sup states, an­oth­er in Demo­crat­ic-lean­ing states like Michigan and New Mex­ico, still an­oth­er in states that Mrs. Clin­ton seemed to have locked up long ago, like Vir­gin­ia and Col­or­ado. …Held at arm’s length by many Re­pub­lic­an lead­ers, Mr. Trump also has few high-pro­file sur­rog­ates to help him de­liv­er his clos­ing mes­sage.” (New York Times)

$25 MIL­LION IN NEW SPEND­ING. “Trump is poised to ride $25 mil­lion of new ad­vert­ising in the fi­nal days of the cam­paign, an enorm­ous and un­ex­pec­ted boost that could bring him closer to par­ity with…Clin­ton on tele­vi­sion. Two out­side groups bank­rolled heav­ily by casino mag­nate Shel­don Ad­el­son will spend for the Re­pub­lic­an nom­in­ee.” (CNN)

CLIN­TON-WEIN­ER AD. Trump re­leased a new TV ad at­tack­ing Clin­ton as un­fit to be pres­id­ent be­cause of the FBI in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to her emails, and ty­ing to her to An­thony Wein­er. (re­lease)

The AP made an in­ter­est­ing ob­ser­va­tion: “Trump has shown more than 586 hours of tele­vi­sion ads in the gen­er­al elec­tion, and un­til now something has been miss­ing: his voice. There’s no foot­age of him speak­ing, no archiv­al re­cord­ings to build out his life story and no dir­ect-to-cam­era ap­peals to voters.” (AP)

CRUZ STUMPS. “Just be­cause” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) “is hit­ting the trail to cam­paign for Don­ald Trump does not mean, ap­par­ently, that he has to ut­ter the GOP pres­id­en­tial nom­in­ee’s name. The Texas sen­at­or stumped for Trump for the first time on Thursday, join­ing Trump’s run­ning mate, In­di­ana Gov. Mike Pence, on the trail in Iowa. But Cruz could not bring him­self to so much as say Trump’s name on­stage.” (Politico)

PENCE IN WIS. “Pence will ap­pear in Wis­con­sin Sat­urday with” Speak­er Paul Ry­an (R-WI) and Sen. Ron John­son (W-WI). (Politico)

MELANIA EVENT. “On Thursday, more than three months” after her RNC speech “and with just six days left in the elec­tion, the would-be first lady fi­nally gave an­oth­er speech. This one left re­port­ers ask­ing ques­tions, too.” Melania Trump cited in­ac­cur­ate stat­ist­ics on poverty and those without health in­sur­ance, and pleaded for more ci­vil­ity on so­cial me­dia. (Wash­ing­ton Post)

AWK­WARD TRANS­ITION. “Two former aides to” New Jer­sey Gov. Chris Christie, who is head­ing up Trump’s trans­ition team, “were con­victed Fri­day of cre­at­ing an epic traffic jam at the George Wash­ing­ton Bridge for what pro­sec­utors say was polit­ic­al re­venge, cap­ping a tri­al that cast doubt on Christie’s claims he knew noth­ing about the scheme.” (AP)

CAB­IN­ET PICKS. Po­ten­tial Trump nom­in­ees for Treas­ury sec­ret­ary “in­clude his cam­paign’s fin­ance chair­man, hedge fund founder Steven Mnuchin, and in­vestors Carl Icahn and Wil­bur Ross Jr.”(Bloomberg)

MACE­DO­NIA HQ. BuzzFeed “iden­ti­fied more than 100 pro-Trump web­sites be­ing run from a single town in” Mace­do­nia, the former Yugoslav Re­pub­lic. (BuzzFeed)

HMM. “What’s be­ing billed as an ‘up-and-com­ing con­ser­vat­ive me­dia net­work cur­rently in de­vel­op­ment’ is now scour­ing for hosts, re­port­ers and right-lean­ing, well-spoken pan­el­ists” and is host­ing a cast­ing call in New York City on Nov. 7. (Fox News)

CALM WORDS FOR A TROUBLED TIME. In an in­ter­view with 630 KHOW Den­ver ra­dio, “Eric Trump said on Thursday that former Ku Klux Klan lead­er Dav­id Duke de­serves ‘a bul­let.’” (CNN)

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