HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — A new Franklin and Marshall College Poll shows that Donald Trump has closed the gap a bit among likely Pennsylvania voters.
The latest Franklin and Marshall College Poll shows that among likely Pennsylvania voters, it’s 47% for Hillary Clinton, 40% for Donald Trump — a seven-point lead compared to Clinton’s 11-point lead in an early August F&M Poll. While that four-point gain by Trump is within the poll’s margin of error, Poll Director Terry Madonna believes the movement is real.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt that Trump has gained ground,” Madonna said. “By the way this is the third poll this week in this state – two by other colleges – that show the Clinton lead shrinking.”
Madonna points to a stream of negative news for Clinton over the past two weeks.
“Another aspect of this is the Clinton lead that she had in the Philly suburbs,” he said. “That lead is reduced by Trump, and that’s also evident in this poll.”
In the race for U.S. Senate, the F&M Poll also shows Democrat Katie McGinty leading Republican incumbent Pat Toomey by 5-points, 43% to 38%, among likely voters.