As we round out the month of September — the second-to-last full month before election day — Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is looking back on what wasn’t such a hot month for her.
She’s been dogged by health mishaps, such as extreme (and extremely public) coughing fits, and her now-infamous collapse at the 9/11 memorial ceremony. These have contributed to a growing perception that, perhaps, Hillary Clinton doesn’t have the stamina needed to be president. According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, American likely voters say 73 – 18 percent that Trump is healthy enough to be president, while when it comes to Clinton, 58 – 31 percent say she is healthy enough to be president.
Her campaign’s ultimate revelation that it had concealed the candidate’s “pneumonia” (if we are to believe them — since when have they told us the truth?) for days only further exacerbated another one of the Queen’s major issues: her trustworthiness (or lack thereof). Recent polls suggest just 36 percent of voters think she’s honest and trustworthy, compared to 44 for Trump (McClatchy-Marist), while some polls show her even less trusted (the Economist/YouGov poll showed just 29 percent of likely voters found Clinton trustworthy). [H/T International Business Times]
Throughout the month, polls have been tightening, both nationally and in many key battleground states. As we round out the month, Hillary is down 5.6 percent in the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times “Daybreak” tracking poll; you can see the trend below.
Trump is now leading or competitive in many key battleground states — including the bellwether Ohio. So alarmed is the left by this that The New York Times has suddenly determined that Ohio is no longer a bellwether state — an about-face from just earlier this month. Whereas Trump started the month with what many considered was no path to an electoral win, he is widely acknowledged to have one now. And speaking of the electoral map, here’s the latest from RealClearPolitics.
And while you can slice and dice and analyze this any number of ways, there is one key takeaway — just three words — that should have the Hillary camp panicked. Minnesota in play — right down there in the “Toss up” column. Quite possibly her most disturbing news yet.
As a resident of the People’s Republic of Minnesota myself — one of the rare few who managed to emerge with conservative values despite swimming in liberal indoctrination — I (Michelle Jesse) myself couldn’t believe my eyes and ears when I started hearing murmurs that Minnesota might possibly be in play this year. My home state has voted primarily Democrat from 1932 onward, last voting Republican during Nixon’s landslide victory in 1972. Only Washington DC has a longer Democratic winning streak. In 1984, my state gave homegrown Senator Mondale his only state in the landslide loss to the great Ronald Reagan. In 2012, Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney by 7.7 percent. [H/T 270towin]
A recent Breitbart/Gravis state poll of likely voters showed Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton tied in Minnesota just before Monday’s debate.
Democratic pollster Patrick Caddell told Breitbart News: “Trump is closing everywhere and states that have not been in play are coming into play, like Minnesota.”
Caddell said those states that had been considered battleground states are not moving as fast, but all are inside the margin of error.
In the battleground states, the Clinton campaign has built the infrastructure and made the investments, so they have the ability to fight there what is becoming a national tide, he said.
“Part of that is because the Clinton campaign, well both campaigns, but particularly the Clinton campaign has spent so much of its money–pouring millions into those states to hold onto a point or two–probably the least efficient cost-benefit I have ever seen,” he said.
“We are now seeing a consistent pattern, where both candidates have high negatives, but where there is a developing — a possible break issue is the concern over terrorist activity — it worries them, 40 percent or higher in all three states,” he said.
Connected to the anxiety over terrorism is the question of refugees, he said.
Of course, liberal bastion Minnesota — what some consider ISIS’ U.S. headquarters, given the state’s massive number of refugees from terror greenhouses like Somalia — was recently hit with its first high-profile terror attack two weeks ago when nine people were stabbed at a mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
This election cycle has been anything but predictable and there is still one great long month of October to go, where anything can happen — and probably will. However, the state of Minnesota as we exit September should, at the very least, be causing some well-deserved heartburn (using the word “heart” lightly here) camp.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]