Recent polls showing Hillary Clinton in a tightening race with Donald Trump have some Democrats nervous. According to a report by the Hill, some Democrats who met privately with Clinton Thursday were “freaked out” about the shift:
“Some people were freaked out, they were looking down at the polls on Real Clear Politics and asking why it was so close,” said a Democratic senator who attended the meeting, referring to a website lawmakers were checking out on their personal devices…
“She said there are other issues. People are unhappy and they don’t trust institutions,” the senator explained.
A second Democratic source in the meeting confirmed there was “a mention of the Florida poll.”
That’s a reference to a Quinnipiac poll that came out yesterday showing Trump with a 3-point lead over Clinton in Florida. The same poll showed Trump leading Clinton in Pennsylvania.
Clinton is correct that this is a year that seems to favor an outsider and she is nobody’s idea of an outsider. In the wake of those polls, even Clinton’s own spokesperson acknowledged yesterday that Trump is not a candidate to be written off:
We know the battlegrounds are going to be close til the end. That's why we need to keep working so hard. Trump is a serious danger, folks.
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) July 13, 2016
An unnamed Democratic aide tells the Hill that this isn’t the first time senators have expressed concerns about the polls but adds, “We wouldn’t be Democrats if there weren’t a few bed-wetters.”