Donald Trump is having a hard time attracting voters in Florida — a major swing state for the general election.
A new set of Quinnipiac University polls released Tuesday shows Hillary Clinton expanding her lead over Trump in Florida. Clinton has gained 47% support to his 39% support among self-identified registered voters surveyed in the last week.
A previous Qunnipiac poll had given Clinton just a 1-point lead over the billionaire real estate mogul.
The poll on Tuesday, however, also found a tighter race in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Clinton and Trump are tied in Pennsylvania, while Clinton leads Trump by just a single point in Ohio.
Quinnipiac University surveyed 975 individuals in Florida and 971 in Ohio with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1%. In Pennsylvania, 950 voters were surveyed with a margin of error of 3.2%.
“Secretary Hillary Clinton is pulling ahead in Florida, but the pictures in Ohio and Pennsylvania are much less clear,” Peter Brown, Quinnipiac’s assistant polling director, said in a statement.
Trump’s comments about immigration laws has likely hurt his chance in Florida, which features a large number of Hispanics and Cubans.
“One reason why Trump may be doing better in Ohio, and for that matter in Pennsylvania as well, is that both states have small Hispanic populations, compared to Florida. Given Trump’s comments on immigration and descendants of immigrants, the much larger Hispanic population in Florida is obviously a boost there for Hillary Clinton,” Brown said.
“I’m right there, with the horrible few weeks I’ve had with the press,” Trump said on Tuesday. “Pennsylvania, Ohio – we’re practically even,” Trump added.
Trump still faces some major challenges in rust belt states that have leaned Democrat in the last several presidential elections.