If you're just joining us for the 2016 Presidential race, Trump is the only Republican candidate left. He and one of his Democratic rivals, Hillary Clinton, are "running neck-and-neck in the battleground states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania." According to CNN, new poll numbers reveal this showdown is driven by gender and racial "gaps."
Clinton has the lead in Florida and Pennsylvania (43% vs 42%). Trump leads the race in Ohio (43% vs 39%).
Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll that reported these numbers, released a statement about the candidates' odds: "At this juncture, Trump is doing better in Pennsylvania than the GOP nominees in 2008 and 2012. And the two candidates are about where their party predecessors were at this point in Ohio and Florida. The gender gap is massive and currently benefits Trump. In Pennsylvania, Clinton's 19-point lead among women matches Trump's 21-point margin among men. In Ohio, she is up 7 points among women but down 15 points with men. In Florida she is up 13 points among women but down 13 points among men."
Even though Bernie Sanders, the other Democratic nominee, is slightly behind Clinton in the polls, he is still pulling ahead of both candidates in all three states. Yes, that includes trumping Ohio, 43%-41%. Sanders does appear to be the more favored Democratic candidate, considering both Clinton and Trump have high unfavorability ratings in each state.
According to CNN, "Majorities of voters in the states say Trump would do a better job handling the economy, and in Florida and Ohio, voters said he would be the best dealing with terrorism."
In contrast, Clinton is seen as the more intelligent candidate with higher moral standards. Also, considering her former position as the Secretary of State, Clinton is better prepared to handle international crises.
What do you think, PopStars? Who do you think has the better chance of winning the primaries? Who deserves to win the election?