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Donald Trump Gets Zero Support from Black Voters in Ohio, Pennsylvania

Donald Trump speaks with members of the black clergy before a rally near Atlanta in October. Photo by Tammy Chappell/Reuters

Donald Trump speaks with members of the Black clergy before a rally near Atlanta in October. Photo by Tammy Chappell/Reuters

African-American voters in Ohio and Pennsylvania clearly aren’t feeling presidential candidate Donald Trump.

A new national poll by NBC, the Wall Street Journal, and Marist shows Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton with a slight lead over the real estate tycoon, 42 to 39 percent. Half of the white vote in that poll went to Trump, indicating overwhelming support for Clinton by Black voters. In Trump’s case, however, it looks like a mere 6 percent of Black voters plan to support the GOP presidential nominee.

Prospects truly turn bleak when the focus is shifted specifically to African-American voters in Ohio and Pennsylvania. According to the poll, Trump is expected to garner zero percent of the Black vote in either state. Wall Street Journal editor Neil King revealed the stark poll results in a tweet Wednesday, showing Clinton with a whopping 88 percent of support from Ohio’s Black voters.

Trump got another big goose egg from Black voters in Pennsylvania, while the former Secretary of State earned 91 percent of the African-American vote.

Another NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll in Iowa didn’t have enough African-American voters for a statistically significant sample, NBC News reports.

During a time of strained race relations in America, it’s unsurprising to see stark contrasts in the way white Republican voters and African-Americans, who are overwhelmingly Democratic, view presidential candidates.

The national poll is also indicative of Trump’s low likelihood of winning the Black vote, which he has confidently proclaimed in the past.

“I think I’m going to win – this will surprise you – I’m going to win Hispanics, and I think I’m going to win the African-American vote,” the Republican presidential candidate said during an August 2015 taping of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe. “Because I create jobs and they want jobs.”

A similar poll by Quinnipiac University, released in late June, showed Trump winning 47 percent of the (national) white vote and a measly 1 percent of the Black vote.

“I have a great relationship with the Blacks,” Trump said in a 2011 interview with Talk1300 radio show host Fred Dicker. “I’ve always had a great relationship with the Blacks. But unfortunately, it seems that, you know, the numbers you cite are very, very frightening numbers.”

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