Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took four of five major battleground states over Republican challenger Donald Trump in a series of polls published Tuesday.
Trump holds a four-point lead in Arizona, but Clinton leads in Iowa, New Hampshire, Ohio and Pennsylvania with a two- to four-point lead in each state, according to Democratic leaning Public Policy Polling.
The polling focused on the issue of Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court, but also took polling information on select Senate races in those states. New Hampshire and Iowa aren’t very influential within the electoral college, but they will host competitive Senate races this fall.
Sen. John McCain polled higher than his Democratic challenger, but only by two points. Sen. Chuck Grassley held the largest lead in Iowa. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who formally endorsed former presidential candidate Jeb Bush, then Sen. Marco Rubio, is two points behind her challenger.
In addition, the poll asked respondents to rate their approval of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. New Hampshire, Ohio, and Pennsylvania all tied at the highest approval rating — 14 percent. Iowa returned 11 percent, and Arizona returned a 10 percent approval rating.
The surveys polled likely voters in the five states. The numbers were relatively low at 691 voters in Arizona, 897 in Iowa, 578 in New Hampshire, 708 in Ohio, and 980 in Pennsylvania.
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