- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 14, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

It seems as though some in Ohio took offense to Hillary Clinton’s comments over the weekend that half of Donald Trump’s supporters can be grouped into a “bucket of deplorables.”

Mr. Trump tops Mrs. Clinton by 5 percentage points in a Bloomberg Politics poll of the state, one of his largest margins in the Rust Belt to date. Ohio has backed the winning presidential candidate in every election since 1964.

The poll was conducted Friday through Monday, so the “basket of deplorables” comment, along with Mrs. Clinton’s health scare were in the news.

The Republican nominee leads Mrs. Clinton, his Democratic rival, 48 percent to 43 percent among likely voters in a two-way contest and 44 percent to 39 percent when third-party candidates are included. The survey was released Tuesday evening.

With just two months to go to Election Day, Democrats are “feeling queasy” about Mrs. Clinton’s deteriorating standing in the race, Bloomberg News reported.

“Eight weeks from Election Day, Democrats are feeling queasy about Hillary Clinton’s narrowing national and battleground state lead over Donald Trump,” Bloomberg News said. “A race some had considered a layup for Clinton now shows Trump within 2.5 points in the RealClearPolitics average of polls. And the Democratic nominee’s stumbles over the weekend — from a botched response to a health incident to having to partially disavow her comment slamming ‘half’ of Trump’s supporters — has heightened concerns.”

In Maine, the polls are also tightening, according to a new Boston Globe poll, with the possibility of Mr. Trump picking up at least one of the state’s electoral votes. Although Mr. Trump is down 3 percentage points statewide, he’s up 10 in the 2nd Congressional District, and Maine awards its electoral votes to whomever wins each congressional district. Mrs. Clinton may win the state and get three electoral votes, but Mr. Trump may win one.

In addition, in a previous Washington Post poll, it looked as though Texas may be up for grabs. Not so, according to a new Emerson poll, which has Mr. Trump leading by 6 percentage points.

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