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Trump Pulls Within Striking Distance In Head-To-Head Florida Matchup

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Phillip Stucky Political Reporter

Republican nominee Donald Trump narrowed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s lead in Florida in the latest statewide University of North Florida poll published Thursday.

Clinton led in the four-way poll, earning 43 percent compared to Trump’s 39 percent. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson earned 6 percent, and Green Party nominee Jill Stein earned 3 percent.

Trump gained in the head-to-head poll, with Clinton leading by a slim 2-point margin. Clinton earned 46 percent compared to Trump’s 44 percent.

“There is almost no change from our poll in early October in which Clinton led Trump by 3 percentage points, 41-38, in the four-way contest, but the head-to-head results have tightened considerably,” faculty director of the Public Opinion Research Laboratory Dr. Michael Binder wrote in the accompanying statement.

“This poll has an even distribution of Democrats and Republicans, however in this election Democrats are outperforming their historical norms in absentee and early voting. If this trend continues through Election Day, Clinton could expand this margin and easily win Florida.”

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio also led Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy in the poll, earning 49 percent against Murphy’s 43 percent.

Clinton leads in the Real Clear polling average in Florida by 1.8 percent. Clinton earns an average of 46.8 percent, and Trump earns an average of 45 percent in Florida polling.

The poll included 836 likely voters, and was conducted by Public Opinion Research Laboratory at the University of North Florida. The poll took place Oct. 20, and carried a margin of error of 3.39 percent in either direction.

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