Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton isn’t doing so hot with voters. Polls released after the Republican National Convention showed Donald Trump in the lead. Media pundits speculated that the real estate moguls “dark speech” would cause him to suffer with independent and on-the-fence voters. But it did exactly the opposite.
Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager, established a new fundraising effort through online contributions. “Poll after poll is showing that Trump has been eating away at our lead, and after his convention, he’s erased it entirely,” Mook said.
A mass email was sent out that was encouraging donations of anywhere from $5 to $500. Mook addressed how important any help would be. “With the polls leaning in the wrong direction, your contribution has never been more critical,” he wrote in the email.
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It’s clear on multiple levels that he isn’t exaggerating. Polling averages are now showing that Trump has a 0.2 lead over Clinton — 44.1 percent to 43.9 percent. Statisticians even noted that the Republican nominee would win the general election if it was held today.
Some Democrats originally anticipated this to be an easy race. They thought that because of Trump’s tone on some issues, Clinton would be guaranteed a landslide. But when it was revealed they might have underestimated him, the concern became more serious.
“It shouldn’t be this close. I don’t think there’s any question that the closeness of this race is cause for everybody to concern himself and recommit themselves to this campaign,” Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., told The Hill.
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During their convention, Republicans spent a lot of time pointing out the negatives of the former secretary of state. Presumably this had an effect on voters who were undecided. The Democratic party is hoping that Clinton’s poll numbers were rise once their convention is over, and once Bernie Sanders has endorsed her.
h/t: The Hill
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