Following GOP nominee Donald Trump’s surge in the polls, several Democratic insiders have expressed alarm that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton could potentially lose in November.
However, several have stated that their anxiety has been alleviated following the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Following the GOP convention in Cleveland, Ohio, Trump has enjoyed a bump in the general election polls. While the business mogul has previously trailed Clinton in the majority of surveys, he has now completely closed the gap.
After averaging the last eight election survey results since July 24, Real Clear Politics found that Clinton and Trump are in a dead heat with 44.3 percent support each.
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“I’m nervous,” an anonymous Democratic National Committee official told The Hill. “The country is in a bad mood. It’s such an unpredictable year."
Geoff Garin, an advisor for the pro-Clinton super PAC known as Priorities USA, pointed to a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal survey as the most troubling indicator.
“The most important thing is there is a bias for change and there’s an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll where people express that bias even when they don’t know what the change is going to be,” Garin said.
That poll found 56 percent of voters want to see radical change in government regardless of the impact, which shows a favoritism for Trump’s erratic campaign style.
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Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack of Iowa believes Trump has “tapped into that vein of anger at Washington, D.C., anger at the political process in general and the fact that nothing seems to be getting done.”
Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon noted that Trump has proven to be a resilient candidate, with his numerous controversies on the campaign trail failing to sink him at the polls so far.
“Time and time again over this last year we thought Trump was done and he’s not so let’s treat him as an incredibly viable, capable opponent,” Merkley warned.
On July 29, following Clinton’s closing night speech of the party convention, a collection of Democratic strategists and operatives expressed relief and renewed confidence in a poll conducted by Politico.
The survey found 75 percent of Democratic insiders feel confident that Clinton will defeat Trump in November, while 22 percent feel somewhat confident. Only four percent said they were not at all confident.
Republican insiders expressed their own anxieties to Politico, several stating that the DNC made them feel pessimistic about Trump’s prospects.
“It’s all over,” said one Republican operative. “Get used to saying ‘President Clinton.’”