A conservative political scientist and election analyst believes Donald Trump has several advantages that have helped him surge in the polls in recent weeks.
Even before he and Hillary Clinton squared off at Hofstra University on Long Island in their first head-to-head debate, Trump had surged in the polls, taking the lead in several key states like Ohio.
Dr. Charles W. Dunn, professor emeritus of political science at Clemson University, says one reason Trump has been successful is because he has been able to use what are known as rhetorical "tattoos" to successfully defeat his opponents throughout the 2016 campaign season.
"How did he win the primaries against the other 16 candidates?” he asks. “He tattooed them rhetorically as in 'low energy Jeb' and 'lying Ted.' Well he's already tattooed Hillary: 'crooked Hillary.' These tattoos stick - and that's something Hillary will have as a problem, trying to fend off."
Dunn explains that the presidential race is a marathon event - essentially, an endurance contest that he doesn't feel the former secretary of state is capable of handling.
"Hillary has already demonstrated that at least right now she's not up to running the marathon without stopping and resting for several days and maybe longer,” he says. “Trump has demonstrated that he is up to this ordeal of a marathon run - and people will begin to see more and more that Trump has that capacity and that Hillary does not have the capacity."
Dunn predicts the telling sign will be the size of the rallies the two candidates manage to draw in the remaining weeks of the campaign.