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- The media likes a "close race" narrative because it means higher ratings.
- The underdog likes a "close race" narrative because it keeps supporters engaged and the money flowing.
- The frontrunner likes a "close race" narrative for the exact same reason as the underdog (in fact, you may have just received an email from Hillary with the subject "Fwd: Breaking: Trump +2").
But as an independent blogger, I'm in a position to give you the truth as I see it...and here it is: Some national polls (Fox News and most notably CNN) have shown a Trump surge recently, while others (NBC/SurveyMonkey, USA Today/Suffolk, PPP and Monmouth) have shown it pretty steady. Here's how it looks since August 1st in chart form:
But, again, national polls don't pick presidents...swing states do. And on that front, it seems like the race has barely changed at all this week.
Despite tightening polls, Clinton maintains significant battleground lead -- via @NBCNews https://t.co/8Eg4ub6z5V pic.twitter.com/thxONrIdf7— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) September 6, 2016
CBS/YouGov: Clinton Leads in PA & NC, Holds Steady in Other Battlegrounds - HILLARY HQ - https://t.co/IpO731Cagg— Hillary HQ (@Hillary_HQ) September 4, 2016
Whatever the case, Clinton is still leading with nine weeks to go...but it's far from a sure thing. So don't be scared, be determined. Don't be panicky, be a volunteer. And don't be complacent, make a donation to the Hillary Victory Fund.
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