NEWS BRIEF Donald Trump is edging out ahead in two swing states, according to a newly released Quinnipiac University poll.
In Florida, Trump leads Hillary Clinton by three percentage points, while in Pennsylvania, Clinton trails behind by two percentage points. The presumptive Republican nominee’s standing in the two states is a reversal from June, when Clinton held the lead. In Ohio, Clinton and Trump are again tied, this time at 41 percent.
Between June 30 and July 11, Quinnipiac University surveyed roughly 1,000 voters in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. The results in each state are within the margin of error, reflecting how close the race is. “We know the battlegrounds are going to be close til the end,” Clinton Press Secretary Brian Fallon tweeted on Wednesday. “That’s why we need to keep working so hard. Trump is a serious danger, folks.”
Trump leads among white voters with a college degree in Florida 51 percent to Clinton’s 34 percent, while trailing behind Clinton among nonwhite voters by 35 percentage points. “In Florida, Donald Trump is getting only 21 percent of the nonwhite vote,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. “Although he is winning among white voters, who are mainly Republican, victory in Florida will be a very difficult lift for him if he can’t do better among nonwhite voters.” While Florida has historically leaned Republican, an increasingly diverse electorate might provide a boost to Democrats in November, particularly if Trump continues to alienate Hispanic voters.