The media is painting the picture that the presidential race is a runaway for Hillary Clinton.
But is that the reality?
A new poll shows Hillary Clinton losing eight points from her numbers in just days.
With just weeks remaining before Election Day, the ABC/Washington Post daily tracking poll debuted.
On day one of the poll, Hillary Clinton led Trump by 12 points.
But by day four, her lead had dropped to four points.
That was an eight point plunge in just 96 hours.
The Hill reports:
A new national poll released on Friday finds Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton with a 4-point advantage over her Republican opponent, Donald Trump.
The ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll found Clinton leading Trump 48 percent to 44 percent in a four-way contest. Libertarian Gary Johnson receives 4 percent support while the Green Party’s Jill Stein nets 2 percent.
The gap between Clinton and Trump seems to be narrowing, with the Republican nominee gaining ground, ABC and The Washington Post say. As recently as last week in the same survey, Clinton led by as much as 12 points.
Other tracking polls also show a tight race.
The Los Angeles Times tracking poll finds Trump up by two points.
The IBD/TIPP poll has Hillary up three points.
Rasmussen shows a tie race.
The RealClearPolitics polling average finds Hillary’s lead is down from seven points to four.
That’s why Republican National Committee Chairman, Reince Priebus, declared Trump was “getting stronger.”
When asked on Fox News whether he was worried about Republicans losing the Senate, Priebus said, “Well look, I mean, you worry about everything.” He then went on to say that the reason some of the “tougher” races are getting tighter,“is because Donald Trump is also getting stronger.”
“Almost every battleground state that you would talk about that is important to Donald Trump is a battleground state that is important to our chances of holding the Senate,” Priebus said. “These two conversations can’t be divorced from each other.”
Fox anchor Martha MacCallum pushed back against this assertion, saying that some Republican congressional candidates have been distancing themselves from Trump. She pointed to the news that the National Republican Congressional Committee is running an ad praising Illinois Rep. Bob Dold for shunning Trump, who has sunk in the polls after the emergence of a 2005 tape in which Trump cavalierly talks about sexual assault.
Priebus downplayed the significance of some GOP lawmakers bucking Trump, saying, “The play for independence is always going to come into play.”
There are also some on the ground numbers that suggest Trump is performing better than Mitt Romney did in 2012, during the early voting period.
In Maricopa County, Arizona — the largest county in Arizona — Republicans hold a seven percent lead on early voter turnout.
In Iowa, Republicans are participating in more absentee and early voting this election cycle. According to Carr, Republicans’ absentee and early voter turnout is 1.2 percent higher than in 2012, while the Democrats are behind their 2012 mark by 1.4 percent.
“Also, in the Omaha media market, Republican women are voting early, in greater numbers, than the Democrat women, 49 percent to 32 percent,” he added.
Carr also noted that in North Carolina, Republicans have extended the lead on absentee ballots returned, 41 percent to 33 percent.
Regarding the battleground state of Florida, Republicans have improved early voting numbers compared to 2012.
During the first four days of early voting in 2012, Democrats led Republicans by 115,000 early votes, but in 2016, Republicans are only trailing Democrats by 38,000 early votes. “So, Republicans are outperforming our 2012 turnout by 10 percent, while Democrats are underperforming by eight percent,” Carr explained.