The key word for 2016 poll-watchers this week has been "tightening," as a series of national and state polls have shown Donald Trump drawing nearer to Hillary Clinton, NBC News reported.
But look at the numbers closer and any tightening looks more like a mini-Clinton swoon than a mini-Trump boom.
Comparing polls from the same organizations over recent weeks shows that Clinton's numbers are almost universally down, in some cases by noteworthy amounts. But Trump's numbers have not seen equal increases. In fact, in some cases his numbers are down as well, just not as much as Clinton's.
Welcome to the 2016 election, where many voters are none too pleased with their choices and looking for options. And that could mean a very good year for third-party candidates.