Poll: Donald Trump Grabs Lead in North Carolina

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Donald Trump has claimed a two-point lead over Hillary Clinton in swing-state North Carolina, although both candidates are several points below 50 percent.

The Emerson College poll of 800 likely voters showed Trump at 45 percent and Clinton at 43 percent, with libertarian candidate Gary Johnson at eight ercent.

Notably, Trump is getting support from a relatively sizable 16 percent of the African-American vote in the state, according to the poll. In turn, Clinton has the support of only 75 percent of African-Americans.

Both candidates are winning 81% of their own party’s vote. Independents favor Trump over Clinton 45% too 34%, with Johnson getting 14%. Candidate preference continues to break by gender, with men supporting Trump 47% to 37% and women preferring Clinton 49% to 44%. Trump’s strongest age cohort is the 35-54 group, where he is ahead 51% to 39%. Clinton does best with voters 18-34. She has a 46% to 32% advantage with that age group.

The poll was conducted Aug. 27 to Ag. 29.

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