Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, who started her 2016 campaign as the presumptive nominee, presumptive winner and presumptive president, all of a sudden is hearing the approaching footsteps of likely GOP candidate Donald Trump.
So she’s trying to make money.
A new email sent to voters by her campaign over the signature of Robby Mook, her campaign manager, noted that polls show Trump closing in on the lead Clinton thought she would have in a head-to-head matchup.
“You know how I feel about public polls – they’re erratic and unreliable, especially when you look at a general election match-up this far from Election Day. But a new poll came out yesterday of three key battleground states, and I need you to see it,” he wrote.
He listed: Florida: Clinton 43, Trump 42; Ohio: Clinton 39, Trump 43; and Pennsylvania: Clinton 43, Trump 42.
“I can’t say this enough times: These polls don’t predict the future. We can change them by making sure voters know about Hillary’s vision for our country. But we need to get started RIGHT NOW.”
He then asks for a donation to a “Battleground Fund.”
Hillary Clinton’s apparent nervousness over the issue is becoming understandable.
She’s a veteran Washington insider, former First Lady, former senator, former Secretary of State, with literally decades of inside-the-Beltway machinations on her resume.
Trump is more familiar with boardrooms than pressrooms, has a brash, take-no-prisoners attitude when being interviewed, and know politics from the outside – how strategic donations can open doors for discussions.
And lest we forget, Clinton has been working on the 2016 effort probably since about the time her 2008 campaign was demolished by Barack Obama and she was left sitting on the sidelines.
But a new Reuters poll released on Wednesday showed that “Trump’s support has surged and he is now running nearly even with Democrat Hillary Clinton among likely U.S. voters.”
“The results could signal a close fight between the two likely White House rivals as Americans make up their minds ahead of the Nov. 8 election to succeed Democratic President Barack Obama. As recently as last week, Clinton led Trump by around 13 points in the poll,” the report said.
“In the most recent survey, 41 percent of likely voters supported Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, and 40 percent backed Trump, with 19 percent not decided on either yet, according to the online poll of 1,289 people conducted from Friday to Tuesday. The poll had a credibility interval of about 3 percentage points.”
Reuters wasn’t the only poll getting those results, either.
The Quinnipiac University results, said a Politico report, left Trump and Clinton “effectively tied in the swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
“In Florida, Clinton leads Trump, 43 percent to 42 percent, while Sanders earned 44 percent to Trump’s 42 percent. While Clinton holds a 13-point advantage among Florida women – 48 percent to 35 percent – Trump’s lead among men is equally large, at 49 percent to 36 percent. Independent Florida voters are split, 39 percent to 39 percent, while along racial lines, white voters said they would vote for the Republican candidate 52 percent to 33 percent. Among nonwhite voters, 63 percent to 20 percent said they would vote for the Democrat. Clinton’s favorability in Florida is a net negative 20 points (37 percent to 57 percent), though Trump earned the same numbers. For Sanders, 43 percent said they had a favorable opinion of him, 41 percent unfavorable and 14 percent said they did not know enough to have an opinion,” the report said.
At the Hill, an analysis pointed out that the results leave Trump and Clinton in a statistical tie.
WND already reported more than a week ago just as John Kasich and Ted Cruz became the last of Trump’s challengers on the GOP side to drop out, they would have had to change their arguments anyway.
They had argued for months they should be elected because polls showed Clinton would defeat Trump in a national race.
The national telephone survey of likely U.S. voters finds Trump with 41 percent support to Clinton’s 39 percent. Another 15 percent prefer another candidate and 5 percent are undecided.
And that’s before, as Trump has stated, he begins in earnest his attacks on “crooked Hillary,” as he’s already dubbed her.
If given a “stay-at-home” option, the poll found 6 percent would not vote, and Clinton and Trump would tie with 38 percent each. Sixteen percent said they would vote for someone else and 2 percent were undecided.
“But Trump edges slightly ahead if the stay-at-home option is removed,” the pollster said. “Trump also now does twice as well among Democrats as Clinton does among Republicans.”