A 20 year old flap with a beauty queen was the trip wire set by the Clinton campaign, stumbled over by Trump and fixated on by media now going for the kill as the race nears the five week mark.
Gary Johnson has been marginalized by massive coverage of Aleppo moments, and much rests now on Governor Mike Pence of Indiana. He needs a win over Senator Tim Kaine and from what I've seen of the two of them, that could happen on Tuesday night.
That would change the narrative and tee the ball up for the next Presidential debate where Donald Trump would have to save his candidacy, which was winning a week ago but is stumbling again over a Miss Universe who couldn't push herself away from the table.
For now, Mike Pence is under pressure to deliver.
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