New WaPo Poll: Clinton Leads Trump in Every New England State
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump, her Republican opponent, in every New England state, according to the latest national poll conducted by the Washington Post and Survey Monkey.
Trump trails Clinton by 23 points in Massachusetts, which backed him in the Republican primary. The former Secretary of State leads by double digits in three other New England states: Vermont (28 points), Connecticut (12), and Rhode Island (10).
New England has been a solid bloc of blue in the last three elections, with New Hampshire turning red for George W. Bush in 2000. Former Gov. Mike Dukakis carried just Massachusetts and Rhode Island in 1988, while Ronald Regan flipped the entire region red (along with the rest of the country, excepting Minnesota and D.C.) in his historic 1984 landslide victory.
Trump has spent a curiously large amount of time in New England, spent mostly in Maine and New Hampshire. The real estate mogul trails by eight points in Maine—his smallest gap in New England—where he has held three rallies and received an endorsement from embattled Republican Gov. Paul LePage.
In New Hampshire, one of Trump’s “favorite places” and where he was once called a racist while eating a hamburger topped with fried mac-n-cheese, Clinton enjoys a nine-point lead. In an interview with the Washington Post last month, Trump bashed Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who faces a difficult reelection battle against Gov. Maggie Hassan, calling her “weak.” A couple days later, Trump formally endorsed Ayotte.
The Granite State is also home to Trump adviser and former Cambridge resident Al Baldasaro, the state representative who said Clinton should be “put in a firing line and shot for treason.” Baldasaro later clarified that he didn’t think the Democratic nominee ought to be assassinated, just executed.
The Post‘s four-way poll results show Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson garnering as much as 15 points in Rhode Island. Johnson managed 11 points in Massachusetts, where his running mate, Bill Weld, served as governor from 1991 to 1997.
You can check out the Post‘s poll results here.