Ever since finally closing out his last primary competitors, Donald Trump has had a really tough time getting any traction for his candidacy. In fact, the last month has been littered with tough stories, legal concerns, and talk of insurrection within the party. With all of these problems, you’d expect to see the Clinton campaign pulling dramatically ahead and beginning to dominate every poll of the race. Surprisingly, that just doesn’t seem to be happening.
There have been some tough polls for Mr. Trump over the last month, and at one point Clinton’s lead grew to double-digits, but over the last week the gap has begun to narrow and Trump is once again within striking distance of Mrs. Clinton — only 4 points behind her in the latest YouGov poll.
This obvious discrepancy between the polls and Donald Trump’s recent run of bad press had the folks on NBC’s Today Show wondering what this must mean for Hillary Clinton. The news wasn’t good for liberals… if Clinton can’t build a lead on Trump after this terrible month, it proves just how abysmal a candidate she really is.
Steve Kornacki: “It’s amazing. If you take the 2012 electoral map: Obama versus Romney, and kept it the same… If you can flip Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida, you’re the next president. For all of the trouble [Trump has] had, you’ve got them dead even in Ohio and Pennsylvania. [Polls showing him down in] Florida is bad news for him.
Matt Lauer: “How worried is the Clinton campaign about just that? [We just saw several] great weeks for Hillary Clinton, terrible weeks for Donald Trump — and they look at those polls in those states, how do they explain that?”
Steve Kornacki: “The poll on the economy, Hillary Clinton gave that speech yesterday, the subject is the economy, she’s trying to discredit Trump on the economy. And you look up and see that poll saying –on who do you trust more on the economy– Trump leading Clinton by eight points. They’re aware of the challenge. That’s where the speeches like you saw yesterday from Hillary Clinton are coming from.”
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