Poll: Trump Gains On Clinton In Crucial Swing States

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Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump made significant gains in Florida, led Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania, and tied Clinton in Ohio in a new poll published Wednesday.

Trump now leads Clinton 42-39 percent in Ohio, in a stunning surge from behind in the Sunshine State, the Quinnipiac University poll found. Last month Clinton led Trump there by eight points, with 47 percent of support to his 39 percent.

Trump also reversed another lead Clinton had in Pennsylvania. Trump was behind Clinton in Pennsylvania in the June Quinnipiac poll, with 41 percent to Clinton’s 42 percent. But he leads Clinton 43 percent to 41 percent in the new poll. Additionally, Trump tied Clinton in Ohio in the new poll, as both got 41 percent of the support.

Quinnipiac polled 1,015 voters in Florida, 955 in Ohio, and 982 in Pennsylvania. The polling took place on landline and cellphones from June 30th to June 11th.

No candidate has won the White House without winning at least two of these three states since 1960, according to Quinnipiac University.

“We know the battlegrounds are going to be close til the end. That’s why we need to keep working so hard,” Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon tweeted Wednesday morning. “Trump is a serious danger, folks.” The tweet has since been deleted.

“Thank you!” Trump tweeted, using the hashtag, “I’m with you,” a jab at Clinton’s “I’m with her” twitter campaign. 

Clinton has carried the lead nationwide, and in key states in national polls for the past month. Poll officials cautioned using this poll as evidence of a rejection of Clinton’s email scandal, because the poll started a week before the FBI announcement came out. Officials did note that Clinton suffered considerably in honest and trustworthy questions.

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