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Edited by Nelly Tawil
Two new head-to-head polls have shown a resurgent Hillary Clinton vaulting atop the US presidential race after an unbridled month for Donald Trump, who has failed to rally confidence among voters or party leaders.
Hillary Clinton has gained her largest advantage over the Republican since last autumn, a dramatic improvement over last month when the Washington Post-ABS News America poll showed her statistically tied with Trump. The same poll now showed a 12-percentage point lead for the Democrat.
In contrast a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll produced a simmer lead for Mrs. Clinton – 46% to Trump’s 41%.
The surveys come after a difficult month for the combative Trump, a political novice who fired his campaign manager and faced criticism for poor campaign organization and a paltry war chest of $US1.3 million ($AU1.7 million) at the end of May.
Mrs. Clinton on the other hand wrapped up the month with $US42 million ($AU56 million). Trump has faced a widespread outcry after he accused a federal judge of bias because of his Mexican heritage. The judge is presiding over cases involving Trump’s defunct online university.
And most recently was his response to the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, which resulted in the brash businessman tweeting an expression of gratitude to people who congratulated him for “being right on radical Islamic terrorism”.
He renewed calls for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States and then doubled down, suggesting profiling of Muslims was not off the table.
On Saturday, Mr Trump seemed to change course, saying immigration from “regions linked with terrorism” should be suspended.
“I think there’s no question that he’s made a number of mistakes over the last few weeks,” Republican Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, told ABC News America on Sunday.
“I think they’re beginning to right the ship. It’s a long time until November.
“And the burden, obviously, will be on him to convince people that he can handle this job.”