Allegra Kirkland

Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.

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Donald Trump prides himself on the fierce loyalty he swears to the small group of staffers working to elect him as president. But all of that went out the window on Monday morning with the sudden announcement that the Trump campaign was “parting ways” with scandal-plagued campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

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UPDATE 3:29 p.m.:

While a May 10 Gravis/OANN poll did show Trump polling at 49 percent support compared to 51 percent support for Clinton, a survey by the pollster released Friday also found that same result. Trump appeared to obtain and tweet the results of the June 16 Gravis/OANN poll before it was released publicly, creating confusion.

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As he so often does, Donald Trump on Friday applauded voters for their support, tweeting out a poll with an all-caps "THANK YOU!"

The only thing off was that the survey, which was from May, actually showed Trump trailing Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by two points. His numbers have dropped significantly since then, with Clinton now boasting an eight-point lead, according to TPM's Polltracker Average.

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