Two public opinion polls released Tuesday suggest a tantalizingly close presidential race in Missouri, a sharp turnaround from just a few months ago when all sides agreed the state was safely in the column of Republican nominee Donald Trump.
But a Monmouth University poll released Tuesday showed Trump leading Democrat Hillary Clinton in Missouri by a one-point margin, 44 percent to 43 percent. A Survey USA poll released Tuesday showed an identical result.
Such a close race would typically prompt both candidates to start competing for the state’s 10 electoral votes, but analysts and operatives agree that it is unlikely Trump or Clinton will begin pouring significant money and people into what is still considered a reliably red state.
However, both Trump and Clinton have opened statewide campaign headquarters this week – Trump in Jefferson City, Clinton in St. Louis. Trump’s campaign also hired two top Missouri politicos, state campaign director Aaron Willard and communications director Todd Abrajano. Clinton’s campaign last month hired away Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s communications director, Channing Grate, to be her deputy chief of staff.