Even ex-KKK leader David Duke is more popular with black voters than Donald Trump

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You know it's bad when a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan is polling higher with African-Americans than you are.

In a recent poll conducted by the University of New Orleans' Survey Research Center, ex-Grand Wizard David Duke got the support of 14 percent of black voters in his Louisiana race for a Senate seat.

In three national polls released this week, Donald Trump averaged only 2.3 percent with black voters. He did slightly better in a recent Georgia poll, where the GOP nominee received the support of about 5 percent of African-American voters. That's a big improvement from polls done before the conventions, where Trump famously scored zero percent of support from black voters in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

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There are several caveats worth noting here: These aren't head-to-head comparisons, because the polls were taken in different states. Also, the Duke poll was conducted on landlines only.

The GOP has tried to distance itself from Duke, who is running as a Republican. But there is no primary contest in Louisiana before the November election, so every candidate is on the ballot. If no one gets more than 50 percent of the vote (with 24 candidates from both parties running, that's a definite possibility), the two top candidates will then head into a run-off election.

According to the Survey Research Center, Duke is now at 13 percent of the vote in Louisiana.

Trump's campaign is having perhaps its roughest week. But one person who still strongly supports him? Duke.

When he announced his campaign, he said he strongly supported Trump's positions — though he thinks the GOP nominee cribbed some of them from him.

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Breaking the normal rules of campaigning helped Donald Trump win the Republican nomination. But since the general election kicked off last week, Trump's rule-breaking has only hurt him. Here are 8 simple campaign rules he has broken, and links to how he broke them.

1. Kiss babies

And whatever you do, don't demand that they be ejected from your speeches.

2. Keep your wife's nude photos out of the press

This one seems like one of those rules you shouldn't even have to say.

3. Don't fight with the parents of a dead war hero

But if you do, don't double down. Or triple down. Too late? Uh-oh.

4. If you're going to let your spokeswoman accuse the current president of getting a soldier killed, get the dates right.

5. Don't suggest women who are sexually harassed should find other jobs.

Come on, man. What if it were your daughter? Wait -- you were talking about your daughter? Ivanka Trump, please talk to your dad.

6. Don't insult swing states.

Don't, for example, say the capitol of a crucial swing state looks like a "war zone." (Especially if you've never been to a war zone yourself.)

7. Don't speak ill of other people in your party

Ronald Reagan used to call this the 11th commandment: "Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican," because the last thing you want is people in your party turning on you. Oops, too late. 

8. Don't eat fried chicken with a knife and fork

But you might want to think about eating crow.

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