CAMDEN, CT (WCMH) — A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump leading Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Ohio.
The poll shows that among likely voters in Ohio, Trump leads Clinton 47 percent to 42 percent. Libertarian candidate and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson came in at 6 percent. Clinton leads Trump in Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
However, the same poll shows that likely Ohio voters think Clinton won the first presidential debate. So, what gives? Peter A. Brown, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, attributes Trump’s lead in the Buckeye State to his success in winning over independents.
“In some states, figuring out why one candidate is doing better than the other takes some head scratching, but not in Ohio,” Brown said in a release. “Trump’s 19-point lead among independent voters tells us almost all we need to know. Secretary Clinton must close that gap to come back in the Buckeye State.”
The last presidential candidate to win the White House without winning Ohio was Democrat John F. Kennedy in 1960, and no Republican has ever done so.