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As the race for the White House heats up, political ads will be unveiled in target markets. Three so-called battleground states—Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan—will soon be seeing a new campaign from American Bridge 21st Century, a liberal political action committee (PAC).

Who better to reach the people in those states than other Pennsylvanians, Wisconsinites and Michiganders? And who better to address voters who support President Donald Trump than people who voted for him in 2016?

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Top Republican leaders—U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky—hold a news briefing during the 2018 House & Senate Republican Member Conference February 1, 2018 at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In United States politics, voter apathy sometimes decides elections more than voter turnout. In the 2014 midterms, the lowest voter turnout since 1942 led to control of the House and Senate going to the GOP.

Midterm elections, those falling in the years between presidential elections, always see lower counts at the polls. But voter apathy in 2014 reached new levels.

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The weekly Gallup Poll released yesterday shows that President Donald Trump's approval ratings fell to a new low after the failure of the Republican health care bill. His approval ratings have dropped even more in key groups of his supporters: independents, people without a college degree, whites, and regular churchgoers.

Gallup polls all Americans, and in this poll, Trump's approval rate is 36%. That approval rating is below the lowest numbers for former presidents Eisenhower (48%), Kennedy (56%), Ford (37%), Clinton (37%), and Obama (38%). Gallup points out that the numbers change often and that "all presidents whose ratings fell below 36% -- with the exception of Nixon -- saw their ratings improve thereafter."

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Donald Trump managed on his own to keep allegations of sexual misconduct by what are now 11 separate women front and center in the final weeks of the election. At a rally over the weekend he defiantly vowed to come after his accusers if elected.

"All of these liars will be sued once the election is over," Trump said at a rally in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. “I look so forward to doing that.” Trump did not say what kind of lawsuit he plans to file against the women, but a libel suit would be complicated by a leaked Access Hollywood videotape from 2005 in which he appeared to advocate and admit to sexual assault.

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Hillary Clinton received a bump in the polls over Donald Trump one week after the first presidential debate. Two new major national polls show a 4-5 point advantage for Clinton.

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[DIGEST: Politico, ABC]

Donald Trump's attempt to appeal to African-American voters in Flint, Michigan, went awry when the pastor of a historically black church took the stage to remind him that he was not there to give a political speech. The pastor interrupted Trump as he disparaged Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent.

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