Even Minnesota — a reliably blue state for presidential candidates since 1972 — is slowly turning the cold shoulder toward Hillary Clinton, according to a Star Tribune poll released Monday.
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The Democratic presidential nominee saw her lead over Donald Trump shrink from 13 percentage points in the spring to a mere 6 percent in the new poll. At 44 percent to 38 percent among 625 registered voters polled, Clinton’s lead is slipping dangerously close to within the margin of error after several relentlessly bad weeks for the former secretary of state.
“And what has happened is Hillary Clinton has had controversies come down, and I also think — I have a sneaky suspicion — that the health question is hurting her more than anyone is acknowledging.”
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“Well first of all, where we are, is that the race is essentially a dead heat — a tie,” Pat Caddell, a veteran political analyst and pollster, said Monday on “The Laura Ingraham Show.” “And what has happened is Hillary Clinton has had controversies come down, and I also think — I have a sneaky suspicion — that the health question is hurting her more than anyone is acknowledging.”
Although voters in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul overwhelmingly favored Clinton at 58 percent to Trump’s 28 percent, Trump garnered more support in the suburbs with 41 percent to 37 percent, as well as in the state’s rural areas with 44 percent to Clinton’s 28 percent.
This new poll comes as Clinton faces a widespread downward trend in national and state polls. Just last week, a Bloomberg Politics poll showed Trump leading Clinton by5 percentage points in the hotly contested battleground state of Ohio — a state where Clinton had previously led him by 7 points on Sept. 9.
“But now we have a new story to affect the polls,” Caddell continued, referring to the explosions in New York and New Jersey over the weekend, as well as the stabbing in a Minnesota mall. “And it suddenly dawned on me this morning that we might be in to a new repositioning on that question of whether we have to live with this, or is somebody going to take this on, like Donald Trump, and say, ‘No, not in our house. We’re not living like this.'”
That, Caddell said, could turn the tide in Trump’s favor — especially in Minnesota. If Trump took Minnesota, he would capture the one state Ronald Reagan lost in 1984 and end the state’s 44-year blue streak.