Donald Trump's comments about women just might cost him Ohio and Utah. New polls of the states taken after the Friday release of a tape featuring the GOP nominee bragging about groping women show Trump either behind or tied with Hillary Clinton.
In the key swing state of Ohio, Clinton boasts a 9-point lead over Trump in a four-way race, 43 percent to 34 percent, in a statewide poll conducted by Baldwin Wallace University. That's a much bigger lead than other polls of the Buckeye State have found Clinton to have, as the RealClearPolitics polling average shows Clinton ahead by a mere 0.5 points.
Meanwhile in Utah, a historically red state, Trump and Clinton are tied with 26 percent support from likely Utah voters in a poll by the Salt Lake City-based Y2 Analytics. Long-shot independent candidate Evan McMullin is just 4 points behind with 22 percent support, and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson has 14 percent. This poll's results also mark a big divergence from what other polls have been finding in the state; the RealClearPolitics polling average for Utah has Trump ahead by an average of 13 points.
The Ohio poll surveyed 1,152 likely voters in the Buckeye State from the end of the debate Oct. 9 through the evening of Oct. 11. Its margin of error is plus or minus 3 percent. The Utah poll surveyed 500 likely Utah voters by phone from Oct. 10-11 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent. Becca Stanek