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The strong partisanship of the electorate has been a strain running through the American political scene for decades. In contrast, this election's tenor and underlying themes make it look like one uniquely set for the books, yet polling numbers are beginning to resemble those of Obama and Romney.
This could signal that this historically weird race may be turning into an ordinary one, in which the parties matter more than the candidates.
In a way, this election can be seen as an ultimate test of how powerful political polarization is. If Trump can receive the same support as Mitt Romney, and if Clinton—who eight years ago ran to the right of Barack Obama, in a Party that since has moved substantially to the left—can receive the same baseline support as the President, then the populist anger that has moved through both primaries this year may matter less than we thought it would.