- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 13, 2016

Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 9 points in the critical battleground state of Pennsylvania, according to a Bloomberg Politics poll released Thursday.

Mrs. Clinton led Mr. Trump head-to-head by a 9-point, 51 percent to 42 percent, margin, according to the poll, which was taken Friday through Tuesday. The margin held at 9 points with Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein in the mix.

In the Philadelphia suburbs, Mrs. Clinton had a 28-point lead over Mr. Trump — 18 points larger than President Obama’s margin there when he carried the state in 2012. Those suburbs included Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware counties.

“Hillary Clinton’s strength in the Philadelphia suburbs may clinch the state for her,” said pollster J. Ann Selzer, who oversaw the survey.

The survey comes on the heels of the Friday release of a 2005 tape in which Mr. Trump boasts about using his celebrity status to force himself onto women. The GOP nominee has since apologized for what he called “locker room” talk and said he never actually did the things he talked about on the tape.

Sixty percent of voters in the poll - including 69 percent of women — said they were bothered a lot by the recording. About one-quarter of Mr. Trump’s own supporters — 24 percent — said the video bothered them a lot.

The survey did say Mr. Trump’s standing improved on Monday and Tuesday, after Sunday’s debate, compared to the first two days of the survey.

But since then, several women have come forward and accused Mr. Trump of unwanted advances in the past - allegations the Trump campaign has flatly denied.

The 9-point margin is about in line with the latest Real Clear Politics average.

The state last went Republican in a presidential election in 1988, and Mr. Obama carried it by about 5 points in 2012.

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