By now, we’ve become accustomed to the narrative pushed by the lamestream media that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump simply cannot win. They’ve said it from the moment he launched his campaign, month after month throughout the primary process and — now that he defied all predictions and actually earned the GOP nomination — they’re claiming he simply can’t win in a general election. First, they pointed to national polls showing Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton with wide margins. Then, as that gap narrows in the national polls, it becomes OK, but Trump can’t win in the battleground states.
Well, new battleground polls this week show a near-tie race in several key states, such as North Carolina. And in what may be the mother of all battleground states, Florida — home of the recount that decided the 2000 election — not just one, but two — new polls show Trump ahead now.
A Florida Atlantic University (FAU) poll shows Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton in Florida 43 to 41 percent, with Libertarian Gary Johnson taking 8 percent and 5 percent undecided. Meanwhile, a separate statewide poll by the Florida Chamber of Commerce shows the GOP candidate with a 4-point lead over his Democrat opponent, 43% to 39%.
But what may be most notable, perhaps, is Trump’s showing among minorities and independents.
According to the FAU poll, Trump leads among white voters 49% to 33%. And while he trails with African Americans and Hispanics, the gap may not be as wide as some would have you believe. Trump gets 20% of the African American vote in Florida (to Clinton’s 68%) and — here’s what may shock some — 40% of the Hispanic vote (to Clinton’s 50%). And would anyone be at all surprised if some of these voters — especially minorities — are timid about even disclosing in a poll that they would voter for the candidate who’s been painted as a hateful, “white supremacist”, but will actually mark their ballot for him in the privacy of the voting booth come Election Day? The blacks, knowing what a disaster the Democrats have been for their community and the Hispanics who are here legally who might take offense at the plan to open the floodgates for illegal immigrants — those who have bypassed the process the legal immigrants went through pains to follow?
Trump’s lead among independents is decisive in the FAU poll, which shows Independents going for Trump by a wide margin of 47% to 26%. While the FAU margin is wider than most here, the trend follows other polls that suggest Trump wins with independents — those who are willing to think for themselves and not blindly follow the Democrat marching orders. As many say, elections can be won and lost with those voters, so Trump’s strength in this category should be an encouraging sign for #NeverHillary voters out there.
74 days to go, and with Wikileaks promising another batch of Hillary emails and continued scandal surrounding the Clinton Foundation, much can still happen. Meanwhile, Trump seems to moving forward with a more consistent message, coupled with outreach targeted directly to groups such as blacks.
No, this is not Kool-Aid, folks, and no, we’re not suddenly suggesting polls are everything. But at a time when the narrative bias has gotten so overwhelmingly out of control with the lamestream media, we will continue to beat the drum about things they’re NOT highlighting.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]