- Thomson Reuters
Donald Trump saw his support evaporate in Wisconsin just days after a 2005 audio tape of him bragging about groping women was leaked.
A Marquette University poll plotted the rapid decline of Trump’s poll numbers in the state before, during and after the tape was released.
On Thursday Trump led Clinton in the polls at 41% while Clinton garnered 40%.
But the tide began to turn following the controversy on Friday and Clinton’s poll numbers rose to 44% while Trump’s fell to 38%.
During the weekend, Clinton obtained a commanding lead over the the GOP nominee as her support climbed to 49% and Trump’s fell to 30%.
Among likely voters in WI:
Thursday: Trump 41%, Clinton 40%
Friday: Clinton 44%, Trump 38%
Saturday and Sunday: Clinton 49%, Trump 30%
— MULawPoll (@MULawPoll) October 12, 2016
Over the course of about four days, Trump suffered a devastating 11-point decline in favorability among likely voters.
After a parade of Republicans withdrew their support from Trump and condemned his inappropriate comments from the 2005 audio recording, the GOP nominee lashed out and said the loss of their endorsements had liberated him to continue his campaign on his own terms.
This week, Trump threw fire at House Speaker Paul Ryan who is from Wisconsin. Ryan canceled a scheduled appearance with Trump shortly after the 2005 recording was leaked.
The race between Clinton and Trump in Wisconsin has been tight since the summer, with the two repeatedly edging each other out in the polls there.
In August, the former secretary of state’s lead over Trump in Wisconsin shrunk after being up by 13 points in a four-way presidential race that included Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein earlier in the month.
Ted Cruz won the state in the GOP primary, beating Trump by 13 points, according to CNN exit polls taken at the time
The real-estate magnate’s presidential campaign has been in a tailspin over the last few weeks, compounded in part by a disappointing performance at the second presidential debate on Sunday.