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Trump Pulls Ahead In Poll, Clinton Scrambles For More Supporter Cash

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton used poor polling numbers as a fundraising point in the campaign’s latest email sent to supporters Wednesday.

“CNN released a new poll that had Donald Trump ahead by two points — that’s down from an eight-point lead we had built in early August,” Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook began the email. “If we don’t step up today, it could be veering rapidly in Trump’s favor.”

While the Clinton campaign does say it has a problem with the poll’s methodology, the email accepts the new numbers as fact. “A 10-point swing is a 10-point swing. It’s a reminder that the winds are shifting — this race is tightening.”

The email even congratulates Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign, “Trump is doing the work to win. The RNC is deploying hundreds of field staffers to states from Ohio to Florida, and they continue to raise serious money. He spent August revamping his campaign and shuffling his top leadership. He’s now putting out new attack ads regularly.”

The CNN poll was the first in weeks to show Trump in the lead. Though it was a small one-point lead, it represents a significant turnover from Clinton’s double-digit lead through much of August.

The Clinton campaign previously pushed supporters to donate in January in an email entitled, “nervous.” Clinton also used Trump’s polling bump after the Republican National Convention in July the same way.

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