Republican nominee Donald Trump silenced any chance Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton had in winning the traditionally Republican state of Georgia, according to a Monday poll published on behalf of local NBC affiliate 11 Alive.
Trump increased his lead at the expense of Clinton and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, earning 49 percent. Clinton trailed with 42 percent, and Johnson earned 3 percent of the vote. Green Party candidate Jill Stein faired slightly better at 4 percent of the vote.
Survey USA and 11 Alive published a Georgia poll in August using the same questions, and Trump is up 7 points from that poll. 11 Alive noted that the poll had concluded by the time the FBI announced it had re-opened its investigation into Clinton’s private email server.
Sixty-two percent of likely voters think that the Clinton campaign’s leaked emails are important to the election, compared to 47 percent who think that Trump’s tax returns are an important issue.
Trump has a history of struggling in the state. Clinton polled ahead in several polls in August, and tied with the Republican nominee in the latest Quinnipiac University state poll. Trump currently leads in the Real Clear state polling average by 2.5 percentage points, earning 46.8 percent compared to Clinton’s 44.3 percent.
The poll surveyed 683 registered voters from Oct. 25 through Oct. 27. The poll carried a margin of error of 3.8 percentage points in either direction.
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