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Quinnipiac Poll Shows Libertarians Cost Clinton In Ohio

The latest Quinnipiac poll shows the Libertarian candidate could swing Ohio’s presidential election Donald Trump’s way. For Ohio Public Radio,WKSU’sML.Schultzehas more from the first measure of Ohio voters as the presidential race enters its final leg.

The poll shows Trump edging Clinton 46 to 45 percent in a head-to-head matchup. But 14 percent would opt for Libertarian Gary Johnson and 4 percent for the Green Party’s Jill Stein. And when that happens, Trump’s edge grows to 4 points, 41-37 percent.

Trump continues to have the support of white men in Ohio, while Clinton is stronger with women and non-white voters. Independents are about evenly split, and for the most part, voters who identify as Democrat or Republican are sticking with their nominee.

The Quinnipiac poll measured three other swing states: Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Only in Ohio did third-party candidates make a significant difference; in the other three, they took equally from both Trump and Clinton.

Early voting in Ohio begins Oct. 12

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M.L. Schultze
M.L. Schultze came to WKSU as news director in July 2007 after 25 years at The Repository in Canton, where she was managing editor for nearly a decade. She’s now the digital editor and an award-winning reporter and analyst who has appeared on NPR, Here and Now and the TakeAway, as well as being a regular panelist on Ideas, the WVIZ public television's reporter roundtable.