The respite for embattled Republicans was all too brief.
After a weekend of scrambling, in which numerous House and Senate incumbents repudiated Donald Trump over lewd videotaped comments, the party held out hope that their nominee's feisty debate attacks on Hillary Clinton would halt his political erosion. But a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll on Monday unsettled them anew.
The survey showed Clinton doubling her lead over Trump this weekend following disclosure of his taped remarks to broadcaster Billy Bush. In a four-way race including Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, she now leads by 46 percent to 35 percent; in a two-way matchup, she leads by 52 percent to 38 percent.
Closer to home for down-ballot candidates, Democrats also doubled their lead, to 7 percentage points, when voters are asked which party they want to control Congress. That suggests the Republican House majority, as well as its Senate edge, may be in jeopardy.