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4 24 At the one-year mark, Trump campaign faces crossroads


The following is from the June 16, 2016, edition of USA Today. SMU Political Science Professor Cal Jillson provided expertise for this story.

June 16, 2016

By David Jackson

DALLAS — One year ago, Donald Trump rode down the lobby escalator at his midtown Manhattan office tower and launched the presidential campaign that upended Republican politics — a campaign that now may be facing a make-or-break crossroads.

"Who knew this was going to happen?" Trump told supporters Wednesday in Atlanta in celebrating his first 12 months as a presidential candidate.

Yet, while marking the anniversary with a Thursday night rally in Dallas, Trump continues to face criticism from Republican lawmakers and is now looking at a loss of support in the polls after his comments following the terrorist attack in Orlando.

"I think we're seeing some of the weaknesses of Donald Trump as a general election candidate, as opposed to a Republican primary candidate," said Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

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