POLITICS

Donald Trump's Poll Numbers Are Closer To 'Dead' Than 'Dead Heat'

This is not what a tied race looks like.
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to the audience at a campaign rally in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to the audience at a campaign rally in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., October 13, 2016.

“The polls are showing us in a dead heat,” Donald Trump said in a speech Thursday afternoon.

A dead heat, according to Merriam-Webster, is “a contest in which two or more competitors earn the same score or finish at the same time.”

HuffPost Pollster’s model, which aggregates publicly available polling, shows Hillary Clinton leading by 8 points in a two-way race nationally. That is not a dead heat.

HuffPost Pollster’s model shows Clinton ahead by 6 points when third party candidates are included. That is not a dead heat either.

The Huffington Post’s presidential forecast gives Hillary Clinton a 90.9 percent chance of winning the election, to Donald Trump’s 8.9 percent. That is basically the opposite of a dead heat.

Glad we could clear that up!

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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