“We’ll have so much winning, you’ll get bored with winning,” Donald Trump said during the primaries. His cult must be bored with winning because Trump is now putting Romney-won states in jeopardy of loss.
Harry Enten at FiveThirtyEight notes that not a single state Barack Obama won in 2012 is leaning to the GOP right now. But a handful of Romney won states are increasingly competitive for Hillary Clinton.
Some reliably red and blue states are a tad more competitive this year, relative to the country overall, than in recent elections, but Trump has not reshaped the political landscape. And with Clinton leading Trump nationally by about 7 percentage points, the typically uncompetitive states that seem most likely to flip are red, not blue.
Among the 44 states where general election polling has taken place, Hillary Clinton is ahead of Trump in every state that President Obama won in 2012, plus North Carolina.
In several states that Obama didn’t win in 2012 (including Arizona, Georgia and Utah), Clinton is running closer to Trump than Obama did to Romney in 2012.
That was not only foreseeable, but a lot of us said it would happen. Still, the GOP forced its delegates in Cleveland to enter a suicide pact.