From Politico then:
Hillary Clinton’s campaign is pulling its television advertisements from Colorado, at least temporarily, after building a sizable and durable lead in the traditional battleground state.Maybe that was not the best decision.
From the Denver Post on Wednesday:
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.As readers should know, my theory is to win big and not worry about the Electoral College. With one exception (which involved vote fraud in 1876), if you win a majority of the popular vote, you are in.
But the point is, Democrats thought Hillary would coast to victory -- as recently as three weeks ago.
From Politico on August 24:
With 75 days until Election Day and new emails once again casting a pall over her campaign, Hillary Clinton aims to “run out the clock,” confidants say, on the latest chapters of the overlapping controversies that have dogged her campaign since the start.
According to allies and operatives close to the campaign, Clinton’s team thinks “they can ride out” any negative reaction to a set of new emails that show Clinton Foundation officials trying to set up State Department meetings for donors during her tenure as the nation's top diplomat.
“That doesn’t mean no response,” one Clinton team insider said, “but a muted one rather than a five-alarm fire.”
It's a strategy borne, in part, of a belief held deeply by Clinton herself that the email controversy is a fake scandal and that voters are as sick of it as the candidate herself — and by the profound weaknesses of Clinton's opponent.It is not just Colorado. Politico reported this on August 4:
Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has left Virginia off its upcoming battleground-state television ad buy beginning next week — the second state to be dropped in recent weeks as Clinton holds a significant lead over Donald Trump nationally and in key states.The Hill posted this today:
Donald Trump is gaining ground on Hillary Clinton in the swing state of Virginia, according to a new poll.
Clinton leads Trump by 3 points among likely voters in the state, within the margin of error for the survey by the University of Mary Washington’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies.Ah the tortoise and the hare.
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