Politics

Trump Moves into Striking Distance

New polls show GOP nominee closing the gap, gaining fresh momentum

Taken for dead by the political media in recent weeks, Donald Trump appears to be circling closer to a dead-heat contest with Hillary Clinton in new national polls.

A Thursday The Economist/YouGov online poll found the pair separated by just 3 points in a head-to-head matchup. The survey, taken from Aug. 19 through Aug. 23, found Clinton sitting at 47 percent to Trump’s 44.

In politics, the tale is in the trends. If Trump can continue rising and gain fresh momentum — the campaign may well be far from over.

A daily tracking survey from UPI/CVoter, released Wednesday, found the race even closer, with Clinton leading nationally Trump by just 1 percent.

The UPI/CVoter polls also showed Trump gaining ground over the past week while Clinton slid amid fresh controversy over the Clinton Foundation. Trump gained 3.3 percentage points while Clinton dropped 2.3 points.

The fresh round of polls showing Trump within striking distance nationally are critical news for the GOP nominee’s campaign. After weeks of the media pronouncing him dead in the water, a Trump surge into the national lead would reinvigorate supporters, encourage donations to Trump’s under-funded campaign, and dispel the air of inevitability Democrats have hoped to create for Clinton.

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So far, only a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times national tracking poll of the presidential race released over the weekend actually had Trump in the lead. As of Sunday, Trump was up 45 percent to Clinton’s 43 percent — within the survey’s margin of error.

But in politics, the tale is in the trends. If Trump can continue rising and gain fresh momentum — the campaign may well be far from over.

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