The Republican presidential nominee launched his drive for the White House, as tradition decreed, over the Labor Day weekend. In shirtsleeves, with the Statue of Liberty shimmering behind him in the heat of New York harbor, he spoke at a New Jersey rally: an unseen member of the audience was destiny.

The campaign, of course, was already middle-aged by then, and it still had more than two months to run. But finally, the hundreds of days dwindled down to a precious one. As the shadow of night retreated westward across the continent, Americans awoke on...

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