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Trump gains lead over Clinton just a week before Election Day

The billionaire candidate is seeing his first lead in the ABC poll since May.
Illustration by Billy Becerra, Metro

Just one week until Election Day, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has taken alead over his Democratic challenger for the first time since May, according to the latestABC News/Washington Post tracking poll released Tuesday.

Trump leads Hillary Clinton by one point, earning the support of 46 percent of likely voters, compared to his opponent's 45 percent. However, strong enthusiasm for either candidate has waned considerably.

"Strong enthusiasm for Clinton has lost sevenpoints since the start of tracking, especially Friday through Sunday – a possible impact of the renewed controversy over her use of a private emailserver while secretary of state," according to the poll, produced by Langer Research Associates.


Meanwhile, third-party candidate Gary Johnson hit a new polling low at 3 percent. Green Party's Jill Stein is polling at 2 percent.

Trump gained a lead over Clinton in just one other ABC News/Washington Post poll, when Clinton and former Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders were locked in a primary battle.

However, as close as the two candidates appear, voter preference polls aren't always predictive of final results. According to the results, Romney held a 1 percent lead over Obama in 2012 a week before Election Day. And in 2000, polls a week out showed Al Gore at 45 percent support, when on Election Day, he and George W. Bush each gained 28 percent of the vote.

The ABC/Washington Post poll was conducted from Oct. 27 to Oct. 30 by phone to 1,128 English- and Spanish-speaking voters.

As of Nov. 1, Trump leads over Clinton in one other poll. The LA Times/USC Tracking puts the billionaire at a four-point lead. All other polls show Clinton holding a leadranging fromone to 12 points, according to RealClearPolitics.

 

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