Thursday, September 22, 2016

Who Has The Lead In This Election?

Laura Nagg
Staff Writer

As of this past 9/11 memorial weekend, it looks like the polls are even more unpredictable than throughout the entire election.
 This weekend marked the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terrorists attacks. In honor of these devastating events and losses, both Clinton and Trump said they would not campaign and both attended the memorial at Ground Zero in New York City. During the event, however, Hillary was seen abruptly leaving as she stumbled into her vehicle. Her condition was unknown until later when it was announced that she had pneumonia. She claimed to be feeling much better and made a brief appearance later in the day before taking a few days off from campaigning.
 Those unfortunate events that weekend, including her “basket of deplorables” comment against Trump’s supporters referring to them as racist, sexist, homophobic and/or Islamophobic, has made an effect on the polls. As of Sept. 12,  according to the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times tracking poll and the Selzer & Co. poll in Ohio, Trump had a 5-point lead on Clinton.
 Then on Friday, Sept. 16, Trump admitted that president Obama was born in the US and stated that he was the one who finished the birther controversy that Hilary started in 2008. Yet this statement contradicts with Trump’s many statements against Obama, claiming he was a Kenyan denying he was born in Hawaii. The most recent polls at Real Clear Politics show that Clinton has a 46-point lead on the RCP electoral map.
  With the way Clinton’s “bad weekend” and Trump’s controversial comments have been swaying the polls, both candidates should feel insecure about where they stand. It remains to be seen how the upcoming debates will influence the large number of undecided voters in many of the toss up states.. The first presidential debate will take place on Monday, Sept. 26.

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