For the first time, Donald Trump is leading Hillary Clinton in a recent Colorado Reuter/Ipsos poll released this week, and it has the Democrats on edge.
This Colorado presidential poll shows Trump leading Clinton by 2 points, 43% to 41%. What is even more concerning to the Clinton campaign is Trump’s unique ability as a candidate to bounce back from loses in the polls in a relatively short period of time, since only a month ago he was down from anywhere between 10 and 14 points in the state.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign was so confident that they had locked up Colorado for the Democrats that they even pulled their media advertising out of the state. Donald Trump, on the other hand, has just begun to run TV commercials for his campaign in Colorado.
Now, the Democrats have made plans to go back into Colorado with a ground game and advertising, after seeing the polls tighten in Trump’s favor, to make sure that the state they thought had already been locked up, swings back their way in November.
Trump’s message of economic reform and a shakeup in Washing D.C. is resonating with many Independent voters in Colorado, who have typically leaned Democrat in the past several elections.
With such a large swing in poll numbers in a short period of time, the Clinton campaign is likely more concerned than they are actually telling us. I can only imagine the private conversations within their ranks, seeing poll numbers like this in a state they had thought was already won. And after Hillary’s medical mishaps, it isn’t likely to get better anytime soon.
The Denver Post reports on the feedback of voters in Colorado in regards to Donald Trump:
Patrick Davis, Trump senior adviser in Colorado, said the campaign is still in persuasion mode.
“His economic message and his message about security is resonating with (voters),” he said. “They like the idea of building the wall. It’s a concrete example about how he is going to keep us safe again.”
Smith, a 41-year-old executive assistant, is representative of the newcomers who are getting involved in the Republican effort to elect Trump.
Smith and Julia Hernandez, her canvassing partner, are first-time volunteers who spend two days a week knocking on doors in their Thornton neighborhood, identifying potential supporters in a key swing district. They call it “going Trumping.”
“Mr. Trump listens,” said Smith, explaining her support. “I think he’ll be that fresh perspective and he’ll change things for the better for everyone.”
Not all people on the walk agreed. One man shouted at them from two doors away after they left Trump literature at the door. Another woman turned them away at the door by saying she supported continuing Obama’s policies.
But Maestas, the 66-year-old retired police officer, disagreed.
“I don’t trust them,” he said of Obama and Clinton. “They lie. I just feel that we should go a whole new direction. And when Donald Trump comes out and says that all the politicians are liars and thieves and no-goods, I said that’s the guy I’m going to vote for.”