In what has shaped up to be a vital battleground state this year, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are within only 3 points of each other according to the latest Pennsylvania poll.
The Muhlenberg College/Morning Call that when the poll shows Clinton’s lead in PA striking from 9 points last week, to now only 3 points. In a head to head match-up, Trump comes in at 41% while Clinton leads slightly at 44% in PA.
When third-party candidates are added into the poll, we see an even closer race emerge with Trump only 2 points behind Clinton.
The most interesting part of this Pennsylvania poll is that even though voters who marked their voting status as Democrat, outnumbered those who identified as Republicans by 8%.
So even though this poll oversampled Democrats by a whopping 8 points, Donald Trump is still only trailing Clinton by 2 points when all candidates are measured. This would indicate that Pennsylvania Democrats, who are typically loyal to their party during presidential elections, are choosing Donald Trump at a higher rate than the media would like to admit.
With the race in PA tightening and Clinton falling behind in the polls for the past two weeks, the first presidential debate tomorrow night will be critical in tipping voters towards either candidate. If Clinton fails to impress during the debate, she could slip so far behind that she never recovers. But, if Trump’s performance proves lacking, then it could breath new life into the faltering Clinton campaign.
Regardless of what happens, tomorrow’s debate will make history, not only in the number of viewers, but the impact that it could have on this year’s heated election.
The full PA polling results can be found here.
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