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Trump makes a pitch for Connecticut, a Democratic stronghold

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Sacred Heart University, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, in Fairfield, Conn. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut has not been in Republican hands since George H.W. Bush won the state in 1988. No matter, Donald Trump says as he promises to pursue the Democratic stronghold.

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In Connecticut, Trump promises a major push in a blue state

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Sacred Heart University, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, in Fairfield, Conn. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made an unusual foray Saturday night into deep-blue Connecticut, pledging to make "a big play" for the Democratic stronghold.

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Trump rails against press in response to reports of chaos

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Fairfield , ConnecticutBy Ginger Gibson FAIRFIELD, Conn. (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Donald Trump on Saturday repeated his attack on President Barack Obama that he helped "found" Islamic State and railed against media reports that his campaign is failing, at a campaign rally in Connecticut, a state where he has a long-shot of being victorious. Speaking for more than an hour in a sweltering room, Trump spent a significant portion of his speech complaining about the media. On Saturday, the New York newspaper published an article detailing failed efforts to make Trump focus his campaign on the general election.

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Trump backs off ISIS comments; party head appears at rallies in show of unity

Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at an American Renewal Project event at the Orlando Convention Center in Orlando, FloridaBy Steve Holland ALTOONA, Pa. (Reuters) - Republican Donald Trump on Friday backed away from comments calling President Barack Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton the founders of the militant group Islamic State, while the Republican Party sought to project unity behind their candidate. A new poll showed Trump, whose unfiltered speaking style has repeatedly landed him in hot water, losing ground in three crucial states ahead of the Nov. 8 general election against Clinton. In a surprise appearance, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who in private expressed fury over some of Trump's actions earlier this month, introduced the candidate at a campaign event in Erie, Pennsylvania, and the two hugged onstage.

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Donald Trump is ‘totally nuts,’ says Robert de Niro

Actor Robert De Niro talks to reporters and film professionals during "Coffee with..." event during the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival in SarajevoU.S. actor and producer Robert De Niro said on Saturday that U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump should not run for president because he was "totally nuts". Trump, a billionaire businessman seeking his first public office, has courted controversy with a string of inflammatory statements about his main opponent Hillary Clinton, guns, Mexicans, Muslims and war veterans, among others. De Niro made the comments to a Sarajevo audience as he presented a digital version of Martin Scorsese's film "Taxi Driver", in which he starred, to mark its 40th anniversary.

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On the national stage, the Trump train stalls

A new poll from the Wall Street Journal and NBC News shows Donald Trump trailing Hillary Clinto in the swing states of Colorado, Florida, North Carolina and VirginiaDonald Trump hasn't quite asked the dead to vote for him, but he's nearly there. At least nine times in the speech to evangelical leaders in key swing state Florida, the brash 70-year-old billionaire -- sometimes speaking in an uncharacteristically low voice -- called on them to ensure their parishioners cast their ballots for him. The Republican presidential candidate is a bit worried about his chances in November against Hillary Clinton, and he's not exactly hiding it.

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Liz Cheney’s Wyoming campaign backed by big names, bigger money

U.S. Senate candidate Liz Cheney speaks to voters during a Republican and Tea Party gathering in EmblemBy Ruffin Prevost CODY, Wyo. (Reuters) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney's eldest daughter, bouncing back from an aborted 2014 U.S. Senate bid, heads into a crowded primary race next week for Wyoming's lone seat in the House of Representatives buoyed by big-name Republicans and wealthy out-of-state donors. Liz Cheney, the apparent Republican front-runner, has commanded a level of fund-raising and A-list party support - including two former presidents and onetime Cabinet members - that is rare, if not unheard of, for a relative newcomer to Wyoming politics. "She can go to Chicago or New York, and in one fund-raiser pull in more money than the next two closest candidates combined," said Deb Oakley Simpson, a daughter-in-law of former longtime Wyoming Republican Senator Alan Simpson and a Cody-based civic activist who backs one of Cheney's primary foes, state Senator Leland Christensen.

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