By Ed Morrissey
At one point in the past month, competing in Virginia looked like Mission Impossible for Team Trump. The WaPo/ABC poll in mid-August put Hillary Clinton up eight points, and Quinnipiac had Donald Trump down twelve, leading Team Hillary to focus their efforts elsewhere. Two new polls this week show the race in a virtual tie, however, and the latest from Emerson College has the race within a single point among likely voters, 44/43 Hillary.
The most surprising finding? Adding Tim Kaine to the ticket has been a bust in the Old Dominion, at least thus far:
A new Virginia poll conducted by Emerson College finds Hillary Clinton just one point ahead of Donald Trump, 44% to 43%, with Libertarian Gary Johnson taking 11% and the Green Party’s Jill Stein at 3%. The poll of 800 likely voters was August 30- September 1. …
Although Clinton’s running mate is Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, he does not seem to be aiding her favorability numbers. Under water, Clinton has a 15-point favorability deficit, with 41% viewing her favorably and 56% unfavorably. Trump’s scores were even worse with 37% favorable/60% unfavorable (-23).
Consistent with other Emerson polls conducted during the past week, both candidates have very high rates of loyalty in Virginia—96% for Trump, 92% for Clinton—meaning voters who approve of a candidate also plan to vote for the individual. By a substantial margin, 55% to 33%, respondents expect Clinton to win the presidency over Trump, while 8% are undecided.
Independents favor Trump to Clinton, 47% to 28%, with 19% voting for Johnson. Among Democrats, 85% plan to vote for Clinton while 9% are crossing over to Trump and 5% to Johnson. The crossover pattern is similar among Republicans, with Trump receiving 81% of the vote, Clinton 7% and Johnson 10%.
This appears to be Emerson’s first …read more
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