Clinton gains ground in Ohio and Florida, poll finds

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is expected to paint her opponent Donald Trump as reckless and lacking the necessary temperament to manage the American economy.

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Democrat Hillary Clinton is gaining ground over Republican Donald Trump in Ohio and Florida and holding steady in Pennsylvania, according to a new independent poll released Tuesday by Quinnipiac University.

Clinton opened up an eight-point lead in Florida — 47-39 — while the two candidates are tied 40-40 in Ohio. Clinton has a one-point advantage over Trump in Pennsylvania, the poll found.

In May, Trump trailed Clinton by one point in Florida and held a four-point lead in Ohio. The head-to-head matchup numbers in Pennsylvania remain in a dead heat.

Since 1960, no presidential candidate has won the White House without taking two of these three swing states.

Clinton served as First Lady, U.S. Senator and U.S. Secretary of State. Trump is a billionaire real estate tycoon and reality TV star who has never held elected office.

Voters say that Trump’s comments about a judge of Mexican heritage are racist. U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel is hearing a fraud case against Trump University. Trump said Curiel was being unfair to him because the judge is “Mexican” and Trump wants to build a wall along the border with Mexico. Curiel was born in Indiana.

In Ohio, Clinton is picking up support among women and non-white voters while Trump leads with whites and men.

Ohioans say Trump is more honest, trustworthy and inspiring and a stronger leader who would be better than Clinton at creating jobs and fighting ISIS. But they find Clinton better prepared, more intelligent and has higher moral standards and would do a better job on immigration and international crises, the poll found.

The poll was conducted June 8-19 through live interviews on land lines and cellphones. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points in Florida and Ohio and 3.2 percentage points in Pennsylvania.

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