Latest 2016 Election Polls: As Donald Trump's Collapse Continues, Even Traditionally Red Utah And Alaska Could Be In Play For Hillary Clinton

The latest 2016 election polls point toward a landslide victory for Hillary Clinton, one so complete that even some traditionally Republican states like Utah and Alaska could be within her grasp.

As Clinton continues to press her advantage against Donald Trump, recent polling from both of these states show that she is within striking distance of Donald Trump. The Republican candidate has also seen his standing among GOP voters fall off in the wake of his continued scandals, with many prominent Republican backers publicly condemning him.

The latest 2016 election polls suggest that Trump's collapse has made battlegrounds out of states normally safe for the Republican candidates. One of these is Alaska, as the Alaska Dispatch News noted that polling shows Clinton hot on Trump's tail.

"It could be a big year for third-party candidates in traditionally red Alaska, and a tighter-than-usual race for Republican nominee Donald Trump, according to a new statewide poll of registered voters for Alaska Dispatch News.
"Trump led the pack with 36.1 percent, followed by Democrat Hillary Clinton at 30.6 percent, Libertarian Gary Johnson at 17.9 percent and Green Party nominee Jill Stein at six percent. Nine percent were undecided."
Other polls show an even closer race, including one from Moore Info. (via RealClearPolitics) that has Clinton just three points behind Donald Trump.

The situation is the same in Utah, where the state's conservative Mormon voters have been moving away from Donald Trump. A number of the church's leaders have spoken out against Trump, and the LDS-owned Deseret News published an editorial denouncing Trump.

That has led to a surge for independent candidate Evan McMullin, a Mormon from Utah. As the National Review noted, McMullin has helped bring the race to a tie between Clinton and Trump.

"Then Wednesday morning, a new poll showed him at 22 percent in his home state of Utah — with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tied at 26 percent," a report noted.

As the latest 2016 presidential polls show, the landscape of the presidential race has changed dramatically in a little more than a month. Hillary Clinton suffered through a difficult end to August and beginning of September, coming to a head with her health crisis after the 9/11 memorial event in New York City.

Clinton's health issues had been a major point of attack for Republicans, and after her collapse caught on camera, they could no longer be dismissed as conspiracy theories. As Clinton left the campaign trail for close to a week to battle pneumonia, Donald Trump climbed upward in the polls until he reached a virtual tie with Clinton.

But that changed again at the end of the month, with Hillary Clinton's strong performance in the first debate and Trump's decision to spend the next week in a public feud with former Miss Universe winner Alicia Machado. Trump's campaign troubles turned into a tailspin at the end of the month, with the release of a 2005 video from Access Hollywood that showed him bragging about sexually assaulting women. In the week since then, more than a dozen women have come forward to accuse Donald Trump of sexual assault or sexually inappropriate behavior.

But even as the latest 2016 election polls point toward a landslide in favor of Hillary Clinton, there are still signs that a Donald Trump comeback is not out of the question. FiveThirtyEight noted that his polling in New Hampshire, one of the closest swing states this election cycle, shows that Trump may have been knocked to the canvas by the Access Hollywood tapes and the sexual assault allegations that followed, but isn't yet knocked out entirely.

The report noted that it took a bit of "cherry picking" to find Trump's best polls, but there are real signs that he has remained within striking distance in New Hampshire or even gaining ground again after bottoming out.

"With that stipulated, some of Trump's better numbers have come in New Hampshire. A MassINC poll released on Friday morning showed Trump trailing by only three percentage points there. And a Suffolk University poll last week — conducted before the release of the 2005 Access Hollywood videotape — had him down only two points in New Hampshire."
But the latest 2016 presidential polls --- both nationally and on a state level --- show that Donald Trump still has a very deep hole to dig himself out of if he wants to catch Hillary Clinton.

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