PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Franklin And Marshall College Pollster Terry Madonna discussed their latest poll in Pennsylvania that showed Hillary Clinton opening a wide lead over Donald Trump after last week’s debate and key blunders on the campaign trail that seemed to damage the GOP nominee’s chances.
Madonna, speaking with Dom Giordano on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, said Trump’s numbers are not in a good place right now.
“Donald Trump had, arguably, the worst week of his campaign last week. He had not the greatest debate performance, he got into that imbroglio with Miss Universe, he made some strong statements, I’ll put it that way, against Secretary Clinton in our state, in Manheim, then the situation with his income tax. We went into the field two days after the debate to pick up the debate and then, of course, this other subject matter, these other topics came along.”
He believes that Trump needs two key demographics to stay home on election day in order to have a legitimate shot of carrying the commonwealth.
“Here’s the way to think about this, 13 percent of the vote in our state is African-American. 19 percent is millennials. You’re over thirty percent of the vote. If they don’t turn out for Clinton and if they don’t give her anywhere near the same percentages that they gave Obama, that’s Trump’s path to victory. I’m not saying that he will achieve it, but I’m saying that’s a significant aspect of what it takes for him to win this state.