Pennsylvania is in full swing-state mode for the upcoming presidential general election, according to a new polls released Wednesday, and both major party candidates could take away some optimism from the varied findings.
A Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released Wednesday showed Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump gaining in three crucial states since Quinnipiac's last poll on June 21.
He leads Democrat Hillary Clinton 43 to 41 percent in Pennsylvania, the poll found, compared to a 42-41 edge for Clinton last month.
But in polls jointly released later in the day by a NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist University partnership, Clinton held a notable lead over Trump in the Keystone State. Clinton leads 45-39, NBC News reported, with 19 percent still undecided.
In yet another poll released by GenForward, the news is less positive for Trump. GenForward found that just 19 percent of young people have a favorable opinion of the New York businessman. That said, Clinton has a favorable rating of only 39 percent. The poll surveyed people 18 to 30 years old.
In the Quinnipiac poll, the Democrat and Republican presumptive nominees are tied 41-41 in Ohio, and in Florida, Trump now leads 42-39. Clinton held a lead of 47-39 in Florida on June 21.
“While there is no definite link between Clinton’s drop in Florida and the U.S. Justice Department decision not to prosecute her for her handling of e-mails, she has lost ground to Trump on questions which measure moral standards and honesty," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll.
She also faces the biggest obstacle of establishment candidates this year, according to the Quinnipiac pollsters. Voters in the three swing states overwhelmingly agree with the statement: "The old way of doing things no longer works and we need radical change."
In Pennsylvania, Clinton's campaign appears to be entering a new phase, with several events scheduled this week across the state. Surrogates, like local and regional elected officials, are taking part in those events. Three events are scheduled for Wednesday alone.
Trump, on the other hand, remains a political force from afar. His campaign, which reported very little cash on hand prior to the last federal finance disclosure filing, appears in traditional terms to have little presence in Pennsylvania.
Since 1960, no candidate has won the presidential race without taking at least two of the three states polled, according to Quinnipiac.