Republicans concerned that nominating Donald Trump could doom the party's chances of retaking the White House in November may be resting easier this week after several new polls showed Trump beating or nearly tied with Hillary Clinton in a head-to-head matchup.
A Fox News poll released last week was the first major poll in months to show Trump leading Clinton, 45 percent to 42 percent. A New York Times/CBS News poll had Clinton ahead by 6 points, down from a 10-point lead in their previous survey.
Two polls released over the weekend provide mixed results. A Washington Post/ABC News poll had Trump leading 46 percent to 44 percent among registered voters, but Clinton up by 6 among all adults. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll gave Clinton a 3-point lead, a big drop from an 11-point margin the previous month.
"I think this is a great sign for Donald Trump," GOP strategist Ford O'Connell said.
"Right now, for the next 10 weeks, Donald Trump's best asset is Bernie Sanders," O'Connell said. "And what he needs to do during that time is find a way to have more and more Republicans consolidate behind him."