WASHINGTON – The latest state and national polls, the first partially reflecting Hillary Clinton’s bad week, show Donald Trump moving up in swing states, challenging his opponent in Democrat states and running away with Republican states.
In Ohio, one of the most important battleground venues, the latest Bloomberg poll, conducted only partially after Mrs. Clinton’s physical collapse Sunday, shows Trump with his biggest lead – up 5 percent.
In another shocking poll for the Democrats released Tuesday, Donald Trump is catching up on Hillary Clinton in Maine as they race for the presidency. Clinton leads Trump by a mere 3 points, 42 percent to 39 percent, within the margin of error, in the Colby College/Boston Globe survey.
Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson nets 9 percent, while Green Party candidate Jill Stein grabs 5 percent. Another 5 percent are undecided.
Even worse news for Mrs. Clinton, this poll was concluded before her stumble Sunday.
“Mainers for the first time in a while are going to have to pay attention to the statewide race for president,” said Dan Shea, a political science professor and director of the Goldfarb Center at Colby College. “The Clinton campaign can no longer take this state for granted.”
Earlier polls had Clinton up by between 7 and 10 percent in Maine.
Multiple recent polls have shown a closer fight between Clinton and Trump at both the national and state levels – most before Mrs. Clinton’s harsh characterization of Trump voters as “deplorables.”
The Los Angeles Times/USC Poll, the only daily national tracking poll, also shows Trump with his biggest lead yet in the campaign.
The results Wednesday showed Trump at 46.7 percent and Mrs. Clinton with 42.0 percent of the national vote.
Yet another poll released Wednesday, by Quinnipiac University, showed Trump halving Clinton’s lead. A previous poll in late August showed the GOP nominee down by 10 points. Now he is down by only five. According to the poll, Clinton is now at 48 percent and Trump, 43 percent. In a four-way race, the percentages were: Clinton, 41; Trump, 39; Gary Johnson, 13; and Jill Stein, 4.
There’s more good news for Trump in Colorado – formerly considered a long shot for him.
The new Reuters/Ipsos survey gives Trump a narrow edge in a two-way race, 43 percent to 41 percent — his first lead in Colorado in the 2016 election. It follows two other recent polls showing the presidential race as a dead heat or within 5 percentage points.
Trump is also widening his leads in Republican states like Texas, Utah and South Carolina, according to the latest surveys.
In Texas, Trump takes 42 percent to Clinton’s 36 percent in the Emerson College Polling Society survey.
And in South Carolina, Trump has taken a commanding lead with 48 percent of voters over Clinton’s 35 percent.