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Polls Show Ohio Primary Race Very Close, But Can the Numbers be Trusted?

Polls in Ohio show a very tight race for candidates in both parties seeking the presidential nomination.

But the results of last week’s Democratic primary in Michigan have some people questioning just how valid polling is.

Last week polls showed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leading rival Bernie Sanders by 20 or 25 points heading into the Michigan primary.

But it was Sanders who earned a narrow victory in the state.

Now, as polls show a very close race in both the Democratic and Republican primaries in the perennial swing state of Ohio, some critics question whether those survey numbers will hold true.

But pollster Peter Brown, who is overseeing the surveys in Ohio for Quinnipiac University tells WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter the data depends on timing and wording.

This post is a part of 2016 Elections: Issues & Candidates.

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About the Author

Quinn Klinefelter

Senior News Editor

I grab news in the morning, check the papers and the wires, call sources and take a big gulp of coffee. That’s how I start the day.

qklinefelter@wdet.org  

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