Hillary Clinton campaign dismisses polls putting Trump in lead
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign officials have dismissed a poll suggesting that her Republican rival Donald Trump may have taken the lead in the final days before the November 8 election.
The campaign insisted they see no evidence of a negative impact from Friday’s new FBI email disclosures, The Guardian reported on Tuesday.
Speaking as Clinton flew to Florida for a whirlwind series of campaign events, a senior campaign official conceded there was a tightening in the polls but only what they had already expected would happen after the debates finished.
Asked by reporters on the campaign plane to respond specifically to a new ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll which put Trump one point ahead, the aide described it as “bad polling”.
“It’s not what we see at all,” said the official. “There seems to be something about that model that seems odd. The race has tightened the way that we thought it would tighten, but we do not see anything that would suggest (the new tracking poll) is right.”
Democrats also dispute the findings of several polls since Friday that the letter from the FBI director, James Comey, saying his staff were examining emails that may be related to the previous investigation into Clinton’s private email server has had a negative marginal affect on voter enthusiasm for the Democratic candidate.
“We do not see any evidence that the Comey story has had an impact,” said the aide. “We’ve seen anecdotal evidence about turnout and our voter registering, volunteer numbers, etc, that suggests that if anything it has encouraged our supporters.”
Clinton is not expected to address the email question again on Tuesday during her three scheduled events in Florida, but aides defended her decision to begin two speeches in Ohio on Monday raising the issue.
“Obviously it is something that has got a lot of attention in the last few days, so we did think it was important for her to address.”