Donald Trump took a defiant stance on the campaign trail Thursday, angrily denying the latest allegations of sexual misconduct amid fresh poll results that indicate his already narrow path to the White House is constricting.
The Republican nominee trailed Democrat Hillary Clinton by 4 percentage points in North Carolina, and was ahead by 1 point in Ohio, according to Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist polls released Thursday. Victories for Mrs. Clinton in either state likely would deliver the White House to Democrats for the fifth time in the past seven presidential contests.
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Both battleground states took on outsize importance for Mr. Trump after his campaign all but conceded Virginia and a Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist poll earlier in the week showed him trailing by double digits in Pennsylvania.
Without winning those two states—and losing in either Ohio or North Carolina—Mr. Trump’s ability to capture the necessary 270 electoral votes appears increasingly unrealistic. The GOP nominee’s campaign declined to comment on its Electoral College strategy.
“It’s hard to see any path that gets him to 270 short of some seismic event,” said Russell Schriefer, a Republican strategist who worked in six of the past seven presidential elections. “But I’m not ready to say he can’t get there, because of how insane this cycle has been.”Read the rest of this WSJ story HERE.
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