Democrats are playing down the significance of the latest poll numbers that show the party's front-runner Hillary Clinton and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump running neck-and-neck in crucial swing states, The Hill
Democrats cite several reasons not to be worried about the numbers, particularly Trump's low approval ratings among key groups he has alienated and whose electoral strength has only grown since the last presidential election.
Strategist Hilary Rosen emphasizes this point to The Hill, saying, "There isn't a class of people that Hillary has taken on that limits her growth like Trump with women, immigrants, Latinos."
A Quinnipiac University Swing State poll
released on Tuesday showed that Trump holds a small edge over Clinton in Ohio, while the two candidates are in a virtual tie in both Florida and Pennsylvania. Since 1960 no candidate has won the presidential race without taking at least two of these three states.
Some, however, have noted that polls do not carry much weight so early in the presidential race and, in any case, question some of the assumptions underlying the Quinnipiac survey, such as how many people from each demographic will actually come out to vote.
But that poll was not the only recent one to show a close race, as a Public Policy Polling reported Tuesday showed only a 4 percentage point lead by Clinton nationwide, hardly evidence of a clear victory many Democrats are predicting
Clinton, in a sign of the importance she places on key states and wary of Trump's appeal to blue collar workers who predominate in the electorate there, has recently doubled the party's field operation in Ohio and hired state directors for a presidential campaign in both the Buckeye State and Pennsylvania, Reuters
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