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Folks are flocking from Donald Trump like he has the plague, and many of those in flight believe he is a contagious miscreant who is unfit to lead the nation. Other than his family and a few die-hard cronies such as Rudy Giuliani and Gov. Chris Christie, Trump will soon be like the cheese that stands alone. Oh, there’s still Reince Priebus, the GOP honcho, and Monday he pledged to stand by the candidate.

When such notable Republicans as Sen. John McCain and Condoleezza Rice have rebuked Trump after the disclosure of a tape with him stating that because of his celebrity status he “can do anything” he wants with a woman, you know his days are numbered. Some of those numbers appeared Monday, a day after the debate in St. Louis at Washington University.

According to the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll conducted last weekend, Hillary Clinton, among likely voters in a four-way matchup, drew 46 percent to Trump’s 35 percent. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Jill Stein of the Green Party polled 9 and 2 percent, respectively.

In a head-to-head matchup with Trump, Clinton garnered 52 percent to his 38 percent. Many pundits feel that percentage will widen in a few days.

Another significant uptick for Clinton, despite the WikiLeaks release of emails that kept her on the defensive at the debate, is her increased lead in several key battleground states, including Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin.

And a recent survey reported that 43 percent of those polled said that Trump should quit the race. “I will not quit,” Trump repeated to reporters during several interviews.

Both Trump and Clinton were asked by a spectator at the debate to cite one thing they admired about the other. Clinton said she admired Trump’s children, and this admission disarmed Trump from saying he liked Chelsea, who attended the event with her father. Trump said of Clinton, “She will not quit,” and it faintly echoed what he had said about himself.

Talking about himself is something that Trump has no problem doing, and not only did he claim that no one is more respectful of women than he, as he said during the debate, but also he claimed to know more about ISIS than the U.S. generals. But like so much of Trump’s bragging, there was little evidence of this knowledge at the debate or elsewhere.

There is one more debate between the two contenders, and there are suggestions that we are in for another October surprise. If Trump shows up for another thrashing it will be a surprise for many, but he’s such a clown for attention and exposure that even a lacerated back while pilloried wouldn’t keep him off television.

Surprises, too, may come from Trump’s days at the helm of “The Apprentice,” according to the show’s producer. It’s hard to believe there is anything more risqué and demeaning than the recent vulgarities. But during the campaign Trump has managed to continue trumping himself, so stay tuned.

The Republican National Committee is standing fully behind Donald Trump, Priebus said Monday in a private conference call. Speaking to the 168 members of the RNC, Priebus sought to squash rumors that the national party would cut the nominee loose to focus on protecting GOP majorities in the House and Senate, according to a source on the call.

Trump is running a bare-bones campaign that is overly reliant on staff from the RNC, and a reallocation of resources to down-ballot races would effectively doom his campaign.