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Clinton camp eyes three red states

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign is taking a look at the possibility of expanding its operations to at least three additional states as she pulls ahead of GOP nominee Donald Trump, The Washington Post reported.

The campaign is considering making a play for Utah, Arizona and Georgia, Clinton’s communications director Jennifer Palmieri said Wednesday.

{mosads}”We’re always looking at those states to see if it is worth spending money on television advertisements and other efforts,” Palmieri said, according to the Post.

“Obviously, our biggest goal is to get to 270 [electoral votes], and that is what we designed the campaign to do, but we are looking at these other expansion states, as we refer to them — Utah, Arizona, Georgia — to see if there’s opportunity there.”

Palmieri said it’s “a little early to tell how competitive we can be there” but said the campaign is “taking a look at it.” 
 
The talks about the expansion are preliminary, Palmieri said.
 
Recent polls in the states have shown Clinton could be competitive.
 
A Utah poll released Tuesday by the Deseret News shows Clinton and Trump tied at 26 percent in the state. Independent candidate Evan McMullin takes 22 percent in the state, according to the poll.
 
And The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah’s largest newspaper, endorsed Clinton this week.
 
In a recent Emerson College poll in Arizona, Clinton has a 2-point lead over Trump in the state. The RealClearPolitics average of polls — which includes polls taken since the end of August — show Trump with just a 0.7-point lead over Clinton.
 
The Arizona Republic also endorsed Clinton.
 
According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls in Georgia, which includes only polls conducted in mid- to late-September, Trump has a 4.8-point lead over his Democratic rival.
 
GOP nominees John McCain and Mitt Romney defeated Barack Obama in all three states in 2008 and 2012, respectively. 
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