Clinton Expands Lead In Virginia, Other Battleground States

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Phillip Stucky Political Reporter
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NBC published polls in Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia Friday, and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leads in all of them.

“With 66 electoral votes at stake in these four states, Republican nominee Donald Trump is playing catch-up against Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton,” says poll director for the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion Lee Miringoff. NBC published a previous series of polls Thursday in which Trump gained over Clinton in Pennsylvania and Iowa, and tied Clinton in Ohio.

Friday’s poll revealed that Clinton’s lead is increasing in Florida to seven points, 44 to 37 percent. In Virginia, Clinton’s lead increases nine points to 44 to 35 percent.

Clinton’s lead in Colorado decreased from other polls published by Fox and Monmouth University. Friday’s poll was the first time NBC polled people in Colorado. Clinton reversed Trump’s lead in North Carolina, earning 44 percent to Trump’s 38 percent. When the two other third-party candidates are included in the race, Clinton still leads.

Trump only earned 79 percent of Republican support in each of the four states, a low number, especially compared to Clinton’s support among Democrats. Voters still view both candidates unfavorably; Trump has a 61 percent unfavorability rating, and Clinton earned 58 percent unfavorability.

The NBC polling numbers conflict with Quinnipiac polling numbers published earlier this week that show Trump winning Florida and Ohio. NBC did note that Clinton’s lead narrowed to within the margin of error in four states among voters who stated they “would definitely vote” in November.

The poll included 871 registered voters in Florida, 907 in North Carolina, 876 in Virginia, and 794 in Colorado. The survey began July 5 and ended July 11.

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