Donald Trump trails Hillary Clinton by sizable gap in latest polls

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Clinton poll lead puts her in good company

Donald Trump continues to trail behind Hillary Clinton in the latest national polls, with her lead extending to nearly 7 points.

According to the latest Real Clear Politics average, Trump is behind Clinton 41 to nearly 50 percent two weeks removed form the Democratic national convention.

August hasn't been kind to the billionaire businessman, who entered the month only 2 points behind Clinton before the former secretary of state's lead surged to nearly double digits nationally.

The beginning of Trump's recent slump in the polls followed an outpouring of negative attention the GOP candidate garnered over his controversial comments aimed at the family of a slain Muslim American soldier. According to one poll following the comments, one-third of American voters said they are less likely to vote for the Republican nominee following the candidates attack on Khizr Khan.

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Mitt Romney has been critical of Trump's rhetoric. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Senator John Thune (R-SD) addresses delegates during the third session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 29, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Lee speaks during the Utah Solutions Summit Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in Salt Lake City. Donald Trump's running mate Mike Pence is scheduled to make his first visit to Utah on Thursday since becoming a vice presidential candidate, and the Indiana governor is expected to use the visit to help bolster support for the Republican nominee. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Former U.S. President George H. W. Bush has not endorsed Trump, and insiders revealed in September he plans to vote for Hillary Clinton.


Former President George W. Bush campaigned for his brother Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush Monday, during the primary, and has taken what many think were subtle digs at Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, was one of Donald Trump's primary targets during the primary season. 

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Former Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich stayed in the primary longer than most other candidates, and notably refused to appear at the GOP convention in the same arena with Trump, attending other events instead. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a close friend to Sen. John McCain, has been a vocal critic of Trump's. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
UPDATE: Although he didn't endorse Trump during the 2016 convention, Ted Cruz eventually changed his mind, saying in September he'd vote for the GOP nominee (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) 
Pictured: George Pataki participates in CNBC's 'Your Money, Your Vote: The Republican Presidential Debate' live from the University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder, Colorado Wednesday, October 28th at 6PM ET / 8PM ET -- (Photo by: David A. Grogan/CNBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
In this June 9, 2014, file photo, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk R-Ill., speaks in his office in Chicago. In his fight to keep his Senate seat, Kirk has repeatedly criticized opponent Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth's service as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. His latest attacks come in two new campaign ads. But the ads leave out important facts and context. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) addresses the second session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 28, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight currently gives Clinton a 92 percent chance of winning the White House in November, with must-win swing states Pennsylvania, Florida, and Ohio all heavily favored for the blue team.

While Trump has continued to grab headlines, Clinton's tumultuous email scandal also took another when a newly released batch of correspondence dating back to her time as secretary of state raised questions about the nature of her department's connection with the Clinton Foundation.

In one email, a top official at the Democratic nominee's foundation asked Clinton aides about finding someone else -- whose name is redacted -- a job at the State Department.

The Republican presidential nominee again sparked outrage last week when he proposed that "second amendment people" could act against Clinton if she were to win the presidency.

"If she gets to pick her judges —nothing you can do folks," Trump said, referring to Clinton nominating Supreme Court justices if she were elected president. "Although, the Second Amendment, people, maybe there is."

Trump ended the week on Sunday by firing back at critics of his campaign, including a blistering report from The New York Times that called his efforts a "failing mission." Trump blamed the media and its coverage for his recent dip in the polls saying "if the disgusting and corrupt media covered me honestly and didn't put false meaning into the words I say, I would be beating Hillary by 20%."

Election day 2016 is now 84 days away.

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