Despite conventional wisdom that he is not electable, Donald Trump is leading Hillary Clinton by two percentage points in the crucial battleground state of Ohio, says a new Quinnipiac poll.
No Republican has ever captured the White House without taking Ohio. Trump out polled Clinton 44 percent to 42 percent.
However, the former Secretary of State bested Trump among all women voters 49 percent to 36 percent. Among just white ladies, Trump beat her by one percentage point.
Overall, Clinton fared even worse when pitted against other top GOP contenders. Senator Marc Rubio (R-FL) topped her 47 percent to 42 percent. Senator [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore] (R-TX) polled 46 percent to Hillary’s 43 percent.
Ohio Governor John Kasich is ahead of Hillary 54 percent to 37 percent in his home state. He scored 19 percentage points higher against Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT).
But the avowed socialist did better against other prospective general election opponents. He and Trump are tied at 44 percent. Sanders polled ahead of Cruz 44 percent to 42 percent but trailed Rubio by two points.
The survey was conducted with land and cell phone calls to 1,539 registered Ohio voters from February 16-20. In a brief interview Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, declined to characterize how Trump fared.
“Nothing surprises me,” he said. “I don’t talk about what surprises me and doesn’t surprise me.”