If Donald Trump doesn't carry Pennsylvania, his chances of becoming president reach the vanishing point. For now, he's in deep trouble in a place that, demographically, ought to be a Trumpian promised land.
A poll released Tuesday, by NBC News, the Wall Street Journal and Marist, found Hillary Clinton leading by 11 points in Pennsylvania in a two-way race with Trump, and by nine when Libertarian Gary Johnson and the Green Party's Jill Stein are added to the mix. Key to Clinton's leads in all the recent surveys: the aversion of women to Donald Trump.
It's not hard to run into such voters, even among Republicans in York County, a GOP redoubt that gave Mitt Romney 60 percent of its votes in 2012 and John McCain 56 percent four years earlier, even as both were losing statewide.
Susan Byrnes, a York County Commissioner and a moderate Republican who supported John Kasich in the Pennsylvania primary, said her work with veterans over the years explains her horror over Trump's comments about the Khan family and his casual treatment of the matter of earning a Purple Heart.