Republican nominee Donald Trump gained on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the key swing state of Virginia, according to a recent poll published Wednesday by Winthrop University.
Clinton still leads by 5 points, earning 44 percent compared to Trump’s 39 percent, but the new results make up a substantial change from the previous polling that prompted Republican groups and Trump himself to cut off operations in the state.
Clinton led by as much as 13 in last Thursday’s Quinnipiac University poll, but currently carries a 5 percent lead on average, if polls released since Monday are accurate. The Real Clear average shows Clinton at 49 percent in the average, compared to Trump’s 44 percent.
The Trump campaign announced it planned to leave Virginia Oct. 13, just one day after it fired Virginia campaign director Corey Stewart. The Trump campaign relied on the GOP in order to keep the state in play.
“With several negative ‘October surprises’ coming out and affecting both candidates, we have seen a tightening of the race in national polls. However, while Clinton’s lead in Virginia has shrunk from its highest point, she still leads Donald Trump in the Commonwealth,” Poll Director Scott Huffmon wrote in the accompanying statement.
Despite Trump’s stronger showing, only 68 percent of Republicans supported the nominee, compared to 83 percent of Democrats who support Clinton in the state.
The poll surveyed 712 likely voters and ran from Oct. 23 through Oct. 30. The poll carried a margin of error of 3.6 percent in either direction.
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