Polls Tighten for Trump, Clinton–The Hill

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Niall Stanage writes at The Hill:

Polls are tightening in the presidential race with less than two weeks to go before Election Day.

Some new surveys show Democrat Hillary Clinton’s national polling edge narrowing and Republican Donald Trump performing more strongly in the swing state of Florida. Trump still faces a steep uphill climb, and the Electoral College map is extremely challenging for him. But the movement in the poll numbers gives his campaign hope after perhaps the worst phase of his campaign.

A new Bloomberg poll in Florida gave Trump a 2-point edge on Wednesday. In the RealClearPolitics (RCP) polling average in the Sunshine State, Clinton’s edge has been eroded from 4 percentage points on Oct. 21 to 1.6 points now.

In the RCP national average, Clinton’s lead has softened from 7.1 points on Oct. 17 to 5.1 points now.

If the polls froze in their current position, Clinton would win the White House comfortably. But the fluidity is causing even some Democrats to warn against complacency.

“I think we have to wait and see where we are a week from now,” said one Democratic strategist who asked for anonymity to speak candidly. “But races aren’t over 13 days out. Races are over on Election Day.”

While the Clinton campaign has generally projected confidence, a campaign aide said it is unsurprising to see the race tighten.
“In an electorate as polarized as this one, we have consistently said we expect this race to tighten and that’s why we are so focused on building a successful grassroots campaign to get out the vote,” the Clinton aide said.
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