Fudge Denies Trump Leading Clinton in Ohio: ‘They’re Not Polling My People’

September 28, 2016

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D., Ohio) discredited multiple polls conducted in Ohio that show Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton in the Buckeye State during an interview Wednesday with MSNBC’s Tamron Hall.

Hall cited "actual, credible polls" that have Trump beating Clinton in the key battleground state, despite the lack of an endorsement from Republican Gov. John Kasich. She asked Fudge what is going on in Ohio and how the Clinton campaign can help make up ground in time for the general election.

"They think he had a good day at the beginning of the debate on TPP [the Trans-Pacific Partnership], telling Hillary Clinton, quoting her past remarks that it was the ‘gold standard,’" Hall said. "I say the TPP remarks because when you look at the recent poll, and we looked at a number of them, and none of these are the online–where you can just keep clicking, these are actual credible polls. They show Donald trump in Ohio leading. This is still without the support of Governor Kasich, and he’s up five, you know, the lowest is the Suffolk at three, four, and two polls there, he’s leading by five. What is happening in your home state? What is the ground game missing from the Clinton campaign?"

"Well, I think you’ll see in the next week or so she’s not going to be behind Donald Trump," Fudge responded.

She discredited the polls, noting that they change every day.

"We’re going to win Ohio, Tamron. There’s no doubt in my mind," Fudge said. "Polls change every day. They change every week."

She then got more specific, saying she does not know what questions pollsters are asking of voters.

"I don’t know what the polling is or what questions they ask, but when I talk with people in my county, they are clearly not going to vote for Donald Trump," she said.

Fudge said her only issue is that she needs to get people in her constituency to get out and vote.

"Our only issue was making sure we get the turnout we need," she said.

Fudge reiterated that she did not know who they were polling, but they were not polling voters in her county.

"When our people vote, they are going to vote for her," she said. "So, I don’t know how the poll–who they’re polling. They’re not polling my people."