The latest poll numbers show the presidential race is tightening with 52 days left until Election Day.
"I am encouraged that Hillary Clinton might not be our next president," Linda Harvey, of Ohio-based Mission: America, says of that state's polls.
A newly released Bloomberg Politics poll of Ohio voters has Donald Trump leading Clinton by five points, 48-43, among likely voters.
Even when third party candidates are added, Trump still leads 44-39.
Trump's improved poll numbers come after Clinton made her "deplorables" comment on Sept. 9, a jab at Trump supporters. Two days later, footage from a citizen videographer showed Clinton unable to stand as campaign staff helped her into a campaign van at a Sept. 11 ceremony in New York City.
The poll numbers have been hard to ignore, both by Democrats and conservative critics of Trump.
"Trump's path to victory looks more plausible," author and speaker Ben Shapiro tweeted earlier this week, sharing a graph showing Trump with slight leads in six closely-watched states, including Florida and Ohio.
Shapiro also retweeted a CNN/ORC poll showing Trump 46-41 ahead of Clinton in Ohio, and ahead of Clinton 47-44 among Florida voters.
"No Republican in modern history has won the White House without carrying Florida and Ohio," Gary Bauer, noticing that same CNN poll, wrote in his End of Day commentary.
"If Trump carries every state Romney won four years ago, plus Florida and Ohio, he would have 253 Electoral College votes," Bauer writes. "That means he would only be 17 short of winning the White House."
At the closely watched website, RealClearPolitics, Clinton's lead over Trump has tightened, and the RCP average shows her 1.8 percent ahead of Trump according to nine polls. She is ahead in seven of the nine polls, however.
"I am still divided a little bit on Trump," says Harvey, "but believe that he is a far better alternative than Hillary."
Citing the polls, Harvey says more Americans may be "waking up" to being unhappy they are being called "deplorable."