Russell Feingold

The polls might seem wild right now, but this election is closing a lot like the last one did

The polls might seem wild right now, but this election is closing a lot like the last one did

Charles Franklin is hardly a household name, but for a few minutes Wednesday, the full spotlight of the 2016 presidential campaign focused on the veteran pollster and political scientist as he unveiled the latest results from his closely followed poll of Wisconsin voters.

When he announced the verdict: Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump 46%-40% — almost identical to the margin the poll had found in early October — sighs of relief from Democratic activists could be heard from Brooklyn to Santa Monica. 

For Democrats, who, as a tribe, seem more inclined to election-season night terrors than their Republican foes, these are anxious days.

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