Not surprisingly, the first words out of Howard Wolfson’s mouth on the Clinton campaign conference call today were about “some recent public polling” that show Hillary Clinton’s strength against John McCain in the general election.
Pollster Geoff Garin then gave a lengthy statement, which began: “The point here is simple. Over the course of the past two weeks, particular since our Pennsylvania victory, there’s been real movement in the polls.”
He then cited the NBC-Wall Street Journal poll, in which he said Clinton is running ahead of McCain, adding later “More importantly, [see] what’s going on in the swing states.” He pointed to today’s Quinnipiac poll, as well as the Real Clear Politics rolling averages.
According to Phil Singer, who spoke next, Ohio and Florida “really represent the dead center of the battleground.”
Which is completely true, if you assume that the 2008 electoral map will look the same as the 2000 and 2004 versions.