GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump has surged into the lead in the key swing states of Florida and Pennsylvania, according to a new poll by Quinnipiac University. Trump’s lead represents a reversal of fortune in both states, where Clinton has led in polls in prior months.
In Florida, Sunshine State voters prefer Trump by a margin of three points, 42%-39%. That’s a major reversal from last month, where the Quinnipiac University poll had Clinton leading Trump by an eight-point maargin, 47%-39%.
In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Trump now leads Clinton by a margin of two points, 43%-41%. In the same poll last month, Clinton led Trump 42%-41%. No Republican has won the state of Pennsylvania since 1988, when George H.W. Bush defeated Michael Dukakis.
In addition to Florida and Pennsylvania, the candidates remain tied in the all important state of Ohio. Each candidate has the support of 41% of Buckeye state voters.
When third party candidates, including Jill Stein of the Green Party and Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party, are added into the mix, Donald Trump leads in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.
According to Quinnipiac University:
Florida – Trump leads Clinton 41 – 36 percent, with 7 percent for Libertarian Gary Johnson and 4 percent for Green Party candidate Jill Stein;
Pennsylvania – Trump over Clinton 40 – 34 percent with 9 percent for Johnson and 3 percent for Stein.
Ohio – Trump at 37 percent to Clinton’s 36 percent, with Johnson at 7 percent and Stein at 6 percent.