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Down in the polls Trump turns to minority voters -- but is it too little, too late?

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There are just 70 days left until election day and Donald Trump did get some good news this week. He's gained five points in the polls, but still trails Clinton by seven.

Trump has trailed in nearly every poll that has come out since the end of the conventions last month. His team is trying to fix that by reaching out to minority communities.

But some experts are dubious that that can work.

"His set of assumptions do tend to put people off," said Dianne Pinderhuges, a political science professor and the chair of Africana Studies at the University of Notre Dame. "So his approach to things is usually putting his foot in his mouth."

Some polls show Trump has less than 5 percent support with African-American voters. That puts him in fourth place, trailing both the Green Party's Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson.

"His natural inclination is so problematic and so troubled and troubling," Pinderhuges said. "I'm not sure there's much he can do at this point."

Trump has tried recently to improve his standing with African-American voters. He agreed to be interviewed at a predominently African-American church in Detroit this weekend.

Some experts say that Trump's previous attempts at reaching out to the African-American community, such as when he tweeted about Dwyane Wade's cousin in Chicago didn't go over particularly well and a lot of people still remember other controversial comments he made.

"It's possible to soften one's position to a degree, but I'm not sure that Donald Trump is the type of candidate who can do that sufficiently," said Luis Fraga, a professor of political science and the co-director of the Institute of Latino Studies at Notre Dame. "He was so clear during the primary what his positions were on immigration, his understanding of the challenges facing African-American communities, his comments about federal Judge Curiel."

Trump's problems aren't just limited to minority voters. Clinton has an edge over Trump with female voters, college educated voters, and with some large blocs of religious groups, like Catholic voters.

"Education, gender, religion, you name and he's really in trouble in several of those areas," Pinderhuges said. "I think it's going to be very difficult."

Some experts think Trump's struggles with those voting blocs combined with his struggles to appeal to minority voters isn't just a problem for his presidential campaign, but it could be a problem every Republican will need to deal with for years to come.

"I'm not sure that the Republican Party will be able to recover," Fraga said. "It's a challenge that I think the party is going to have to confront and address strategically soon."


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