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Clinton Leads the Way in Pennsylvania and North Carolina

Hillary Clinton continues to lead the way in both Pennsylvania (CBS News/YouGov) and North Carolina (CBS News/YouGov), topping Donald Trump by 8 points and 4 points respectively.


  • Hillary Clinton – 45%
  • Donald Trump – 37%
  • Gary Johnson – 6%

North Carolina

  • Hillary Clinton – 46%
  • Donald Trump – 42%
  • Gary Johnson – 4%

Both Pennsylvania and North Carolina are states that should vote in favor of the Democrats. Historically, they tend to vote to the left, although North Carolina did deviate from the normal in the last election, a price they are still paying to this day and one that culminated in the controversial bathroom wars.

Clinton’s centrist platform is more appealing to voters in Pennsylvania than Trump’s right-wing policies. Voters in that don’t feel as overwhelmed by the woes of immigration when compared to state’s like Florida, Texas, and California.

As for North Carolina, Clinton will masterfully turn on her southern drawl when addressing voters in the state, which will win her over voters that are looking for a candidate they can relate to. While Trump appeals to certain demographics, his policies tend to alienate more people than they help.

This isn’t the end for Trump though. In the recent weeks, he has slowly been climbing up in the polls and it seems like he will break even with Clinton soon enough. On top of that, he finally solidified his position on immigration, after flip-flopping in the past weeks.

If Trump wants to defeat Clinton, he will need to steal Gary Johnson’s votes, solidify the right-wing, somehow secure minority votes, and find a way to make a dent among undecided voters. In its entirety, this seems impossible, but all election, Trump has been defying the odds and has taught us to never say never.

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