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Pence dismisses poll numbers

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GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence on Friday dismissed Donald Trump’s poll numbers, insisting the general election is the only legitimate sampling.

“It’s very early in this campaign still,” the Indiana governor told host Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s “Today.” “The only poll that really matters is on Election Day.”

{mosads}Pence said recent surveys do not reflect his running mate’s national popularity.

“I have to tell you, as we’ve canvassed out West this, [and] Donald Trump in Florida, we’re seeing tremendous crowds, tremendous enthusiasm,” he said.

“I really do believe it’s because Donald Trump’s message of a stronger America at home and abroad is resonating with millions of people,” Pence added. “I’m grateful for the support that we’re receiving from Republicans, independents and Democrats across this country.”

Multiple polls released this week have shown Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton boasting wide leads over Trump.

A McClatchy-Marist survey out Thursday, for example, shows Clinton at 48 percent to Trump’s 33 percent nationwide.

A Fox News poll issued Wednesday, meanwhile, shows Clinton besting Trump 49 percent to 39 percent nationwide.

Trump is weathering backlash after criticizing the parents of Humayun S.M. Khan, a Muslim U.S. soldier killed in Iraq in 2004.

Father Khizr Khan and mother Ghazala Khan have repeatedly sparred with the billionaire after Khizr Khan’s fierce rebuke of Trump at last week’s Democratic National Convention.

Clinton leads Trump by about 7 points nationwide, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls.

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