Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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This isn't as bracing and shocking as Donald Trump's flirtation's with fascistic politics, explicit racism and sundry nonsense. But it could end up being a very, very big deal. It is conventional wisdom - and in that rare case probably accurate - that both national campaigns need to raise on the order of $1 billion for the fall campaign. But now Donald Trump is saying he doesn't think he will need anywhere near that much.

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This part of the write up from the latest PPP poll out of Pennsylvania tells you basically where the entire race currently is ...

Pennsylvania is a great microcosm of the issue Clinton faces in winning over Sanders fans. Among people who support Sanders in a head to head match up with Trump, only 72% support Clinton in the general. 10% would go to Trump, 6% to Stein, 4% to Johnson, and 9% are undecided. If Clinton could win over even just half of those Sanders supporting hold outs her lead over Trump would go from a tenuous 41-40 to a comfortable 47-40. Whether it's possible for her to do that time will tell.

This is not immediately relevant to the election. But I wanted to flag something Donald Trump said yesterday in his teleprompter speech. Here's the passage.

Some people say I'm too much of a fighter. My preference is always peace, however. And I've shown that. I've shown that for a long time. I've built an extraordinary business on relationships and deals that benefit all parties involved, always. My goal is always, again, to bring people together. But if I'm forced to fight for something I really care about, I will never, ever back down and our country will never ever back down.

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In light of that Politico piece everyone is discussing today about the end of the Sanders' campaign I thought I'd reup this piece from a month ago.

People on TV right now are asking how it is that Donald Trump is now so much wobblier than he was in past blowups. Or why is the press being harder on him now? All these different questions. All of them, I think, miss the point. The issue is that Trump is now operating in front of a different electorate. It wants different things. It is willing to accept different things. That is the entirety of the matter. The general electorate is not the GOP primary electorate. He has to react to that. The press inevitably reacts to that. But the real issue is that press scrutiny didn't matter in the GOP primaries because Trump's supporters generally liked or were indifferent to what reporters found. This is all about a different electorate.

New Jersey polls closed at 8:00PM

8:07 PM: Don't read too much into the networks saying both New Jersey races are "too early to call." There are no exit polls tonight in New Jersey. So nothing to base predictions on until there are some actual results.

8:13 PM: And oh my ... Hillary hit Trump so hard he's using a teleprompter tonight!

It's a minor part of the Trump University swindle saga. But one of the most humorous parts of it is Trump's continued reference to the 98% satisfaction rating given by students of 'Trump University'. They even gave emphatic video testimonials saying how great Trump University was! Now, there's been abundant reporting on the pressure tactics 'students' received to give rave reviews - begging, hounding, guilting, threatening or just whether or not you'd give a good grade to the person whose support you were relying on to help you get rich. But step back. Does anything get a 98% approval ratings? Anything? Trump University was basically the North Korea of student evaluations.

Only in the Trump universe would this be a positive rather than comical.