Polling firms are predicting a tight race for the White House in Wisconsin and other states as Democrats look to shore up support ahead of the March 5 special election.
Polling firm Election Projections released a poll Thursday showing Trump ahead in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
The poll shows the President with 42 percent of the vote, with Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson at 15 percent and Jill Stein at 3 percent.
Wisconsin was considered a toss-up in the election, with the state’s Republican Gov.
Scott Walker winning reelection in 2014 and 2016, but he lost a state Senate race in November 2016 to Democratic challenger Paul Davis.
Trump’s lead in the polls is the highest for a candidate since the election of President Barack Obama in 2008.
ELECTION PROJECTIONS’ PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN POLLING TRUMP ELECTION WINNER STATE LEADERS IN WISCONSIN – President Barack Obamas 45% President Trump 42% Democrat Jill Stein 10% Green Party Candidate Gary Johnson 2% Libertarian Candidate Gary Miller 1% Democrat Donald Trump 1* Republican Donald Trump, Jr. 2* Democrat Donald Trump __________ Statewide polls are conducted by Edison Research using a combination of landline and cellphone samples.
ELECTIONS AND RELATED STORIES: Wisconsin Gov.
Mike McKenna is calling for an audit of the state election system after a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/Waukesha County election results were released Thursday, showing Trump with a commanding lead in both votes and support in the state.
In the presidential race, Democrats are leading in both the popular vote and overall statewide vote in Wisconsin.
The Democratic candidate in Wisconsin is Jill Stein, who is running for president.
The race is still considered close, with polls showing a tie in the Marquette Law School poll and a 3-point edge in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel/Wausau Tribune/Wispe Tribune survey.
The margin of victory is within the margin of error for all three surveys.
WISPESTA COUNTY, WI.
The Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel poll showed Trump leading in the statewide vote, 53 percent to 43 percent, but the Journal Sentinel’s poll showed Johnson with 42.5 percent and Stein with 4.5.
Voters are also backing a third party candidate, Johnson has the support of 20 percent of voters, while Stein has 15 percent.
Johnson is the only third party vote to show up in the poll.
WISCONE ELECTIONS: In the presidential election, Donald Trump is ahead of his Democratic opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, in Wisconsin by five points, 46 percent to 46 percent, according to the latest Wisconsin Public Radio/Marist poll.
Clinton is at 47 percent and Trump is at 45 percent.
Trump leads in the race in the popular count, 52 percent to 44 percent, with Johnson at 13 percent and Miller at 5 percent.
The Marquette Poll has a margin of sampling error of +/- 4.3 percent.
A Marquette law professor, Kevin Barrett, told the Associated Press the survey shows Trump is doing better than expected.
He said the poll also shows Trump has been leading for a long time.
“I think it’s really going to be the last time we’re going to have an election where Trump wins,” Barrett said.
Barrett said Wisconsin has been known to elect Republicans in recent years and Trump’s victory could be seen as a sign that the GOP establishment is coming around to the candidate.
“It’s been a long road,” Barrett told the AP.
“And this is a big deal.”
In the past, Republicans have taken advantage of Democratic weakness to win governorships in the two-party controlled state.
Wisconsin is the second-most populous state in the union and the seventh most populous in the country.
It has more than 60 million residents and is home to about 2 million students.
More than a quarter of the electorate in Wisconsin has at least a high school diploma, according the New York Times.
According to a Waukegan Post-Tribune poll of likely voters released Thursday night, Trump leads Johnson in the primary race.
The poll showed Clinton leading Trump 45 percent to 45 percent, while Johnson is at 12 percent and the Libertarian Party candidate, Gary Johnson, was at 2 percent.
The primary is April 5.
On Wednesday, McKenna said he would not rule out filing a lawsuit against the state elections office for the flawed vote counting in the March 3 special election in Milwaukee.
In the last presidential election in Wisconsin in 2008, President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the presidential contest with a victory of more than 51,000 votes in Wisconsin’s Democratic-leaning state of four electoral votes.