Reuters/Ipsos in Colorado: Trump 43%, Clinton 41%

Donald Trump.

Donald Trump.

As the Denver Post’s John Frank reports, beleaguered supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump are cheering a new poll showing Trump with a modest lead over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in Colorado:

The latest polls show the Republican closing the gap with Hillary Clinton in a state where Democrats felt so confident that they diverted millions in television advertising to other battlegrounds.

A Reuters/Ipsos survey released this week gave Trump a narrow edge in a two-way race, 43 percent to 41 percent — his first lead in Colorado in the 2016 election. It follows two other recent polls showing the presidential race as a dead heat or within 5 percentage points.

For months, Clinton held a definitive, often double-digit lead in Colorado, and polling averages still give her the upper hand. But Republicans are sensing momentum here, and Trump announced Tuesday he will hold a rally Saturday in Colorado Springs.

Grist for the discussion mill though it may be, there’s plenty of skepticism out there about this latest trend in polling toward Trump:

Yesterday, GOP-aligned pollster Magellan Strategies released polling showing a five-point lead for Clinton in Colorado, which earlier this month a Washington Post/SurveyMonkey poll gave Clinton a two-point lead. All of these indicate tightening of the race from mid-August, when Clinton’s lead was in double digits by the consensus of polls at the time.

As we’ve opined previously, if Trump can simply demonstrate the ability for a few days to shut the hell up and not further worsen his already seriously damaged public image, it’s worth several points of support–from Republicans who want to support him but can’t bear to do it when he’s embarrassing their entire party.

But can it last? Based on what we’ve seen from Trump throughout this entire lunatic campaign season, we’d say probably not. Assuming this poll isn’t simply a plain old outlier, we’re most likely seeing a unsustainable level of message discipline for Trump–and the last washout of a summer of desperate attacks on Clinton. At the very least, we’ll need more corroboration from trusted pollsters before calling the momentum definitively changed.

And yes! Maybe this is just the kick in the ass [insert campaign here] needs to [insert remedy here].

11 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Moderatus says:

    I've said it over and over, Coloradans do not want a crook on life support for President. The big mo has shifted! Make America Great Again!! I'm going to enjoy Colorado Pols trying to spin its way out of defeat this November.

  2. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    I don't think either candidate is on life support, altho Trump is older than Hillary. As to being a crook, Trump wins hands-down and going away. In addition to all The Donald's already publicized sleaze, the Wall Street Journal had, couple weeks ago, an interesting expose of Trump's Mafia ties. Maybe you missed that, Mod.

    As for being ahead in the race here in Colorado, Nate Silver and 538 aren’t buying into it just yet. Also noteworthy is that the Ipsos poll has the smallest sample size of any of the 10 polls counted by 538 for Colorado over the past month.

  3. bullshit! says:

    There's no way this holds up, but maybe it's time to visit with Immigration Canada just to be safe.

  4. Chickenheed says:

    The idea of Trump being even close makes me sad for America.

  5. JohnInDenver says:

    Polling variations are not especially worth getting excited about. Ipsos' poll in the field from
    Aug. 26-Sep. 8 allows for a great deal of variability. Without knowing the "special sauce" to know how they got to a sample of "likely voters," it also seems a bit suspect.

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