Trump Surges to 5-Point Lead in Ohio

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 at 7:45 am
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., eyes her shot of Crown Royal with Bronko's owner Nick Tarailo, right, as she stops at the bar during a campaign stop at Bronko's restaurant in Crown Point, Ind., on Saturday, April 12, 2008. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Must be some major panic this morning at Team Grandma HQ.

Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton by 5 percentage points in a Bloomberg Politics poll of Ohio, a gap that underscores the Democrat’s challenges in critical Rust Belt statesafter one of the roughest stretches of her campaign.

The Republican nominee leads Clinton 48 percent to 43 percent among likely voters in a two-way contest and 44 percent to 39 percent when third-party candidates are included.

The poll was taken Friday through Monday, as Clinton faced backlash for saying half of Trump supporters were a “basket of deplorables” and amid renewed concerns about herhealth after a video showed her stumbling as she left a Sept. 11 ceremony with what her campaign later said was a bout of pneumonia.

Trump’s performance in the poll—including strength among men, independents, and union households—is better than in other recent surveys of the state. It deals a blow to Clinton after she enjoyed polling advantages nationally and in most battleground statesin August before the race tightened in September as more Republican voters unified around Trump.

Read the questions and methodology for the poll in Ohio, a state that has backed the winning presidential candidate in every election since 1964, here.

The media’s been throwing the kitchen sink at Trump and are bewildered that it appears to be having the exact opposite effect of their desires. We’re far from Trump supporters and loathe Clinton, so our joy comes primarily from watching the media meltdown. And these numbers are sure to confound them, as they’ve downplayed all of them:

For Clinton, three controversies, all from her days as secretary of state, each triggered more than half of likely voters to say they were bothered a lot: her handling of the Benghazi attacks where four Americans were killed (59 percent), her use of a private e-mail server that was criticized by the FBI director as “extremely careless” (57 percent), and her family foundation’s acceptance of money from foreign governments (53 percent).

She’s lied about all of them, of course.

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