Politico reported on new polling data that Hillary Clinton and her supporters certainly don’t want to hear.
The numbers come shortly after Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed Clinton for the party’s nomination. According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, Donald Trump leads Clinton in swing states Florida and Pennsylvania, and the two are tied in Ohio.
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The race is so close that it’s within the margin of error in each of the three states. Trump leads by three points in Florida — the closest state in the 2012 election — 42 percent to 39 percent. In Ohio, the race is tied, 41 percent to 41 percent. And in Pennsylvania — which hasn’t voted for a Republican presidential nominee since 1988 — Trump leads, 43 percent to 41 percent.
While the Quinnipiac results are eye-popping, they don’t represent any significant movement — except in Florida. In three rounds of polling over the past two months, the race has moved from a four-point Trump lead in Ohio in the first survey, then tied in the next two polls. In Pennsylvania, Clinton led by one point in the first two polls and now trails by two.
But in Florida, the race has bounced around. Clinton led by one point in the first poll two months ago, but she opened up an eight-point lead in June — a lead that has been erased and more in the new Quinnipiac survey.
The race to the White House will heat up now that the competition has tightened.
Herman Cain said Trump’s poll numbers in battleground states have gone up because “Trump’s substance is finally starting to cut through some of the media clutter and Hillary Clinton’s shallowness is also starting to emerge. She is the free-stuff candidate disguised as wanting to help people, but that’s not coming through. But Donald Trump’s substance is what’s finally starting to emerge.”
Columnist Bill Kristol, who opposes a Trump presidency, recently said that Trump could beat Hillary, because she’s “so weak.”
Will there be convention chaos?
“[Trump] is the front-runner and the presumptive nominee,” Kristol said. “If they don’t nominate Trump, then you go to a bunch of ballots in which candidates emerge or are recruited. That would be very interesting and exciting. ”
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