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Today’s Trump Apocalypse Watch: The Worst Day in Presidential Campaign History?

Donald Trump in Manheim, Pennsylvania, on Saturday.

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The Trump Apocalypse Watch is a subjective daily estimate, using a scale of one to four horsemen, of how likely it is that Donald Trump will be elected president, thus triggering an apocalypse in which we all die.

Candidates have bad days: The day when Mitt Romney’s 47 percent comments leaked; the day that Barack Obama made his comment about white working-class voters who “cling to guns and religion;” whatever day it was that John McCain fully realized the horror he had unleashed by choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate. But no candidate in modern presidential history can likely match Donald Trump’s Oct. 3 for its sheer volume of unflattering news:

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Hillary Clinton had been surging in the polls before this stuff happened. Our danger level is going down.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Getty Images, Wikimedia Commons

*Correction, Oct. 4: This post originally stated that Donald Trump may have avoided paying federal income taxes for the last 18 years. Trump in fact may have avoided paying such taxes for 18 years total, including some both before and after 1995.

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