Clinton Retakes Lead Over Trump Following Convention

| by Sarah Zimmerman
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Despite a rocky start to the Democratic National Convention, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton ended on a strong note and is now ahead of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in the polls.

Days after the convention, 46 percent of voters said they plan to support Clinton this November, while 39 percent said they'll vote Trump. CBS News notes that after the Republican National Convention, polls were tied at 42 percent. 

Clinton's 4-point bump is consistent with the boost President Barack Obama received after the 2008 and 2012 conventions. However, it pales in comparison to the 13-point increase her husband, former President Bill Clinton, had after his convention in 1992, CBS News reports.

Hillary Clinton's boost after the convention may come as a surprise to some, given that the start of the convention was riddled with scandal and protest. More than 20,000 emails from within the DNC were leaked and revealed that the organization was not neutral throughout the primary elections, but favored the win of Clinton over her rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has since stepped down from her position. Wasserman Schultz's resignation did not stop angered Sanders supporters from jeering throughout the first night of the convention, according to The Guardian.

Most of the turmoil took place outside the convention hall, with Sanders backers chanting one of Donald Trump's famous attack lines against Clinton: "Lock her up." Despite attempts at party unity, with Sanders formally endorsing Clinton, the protests seemed difficult to quell, The Guardian reports.

Seven people were arrested on the third day of the convention after an altercation broke out between the police and protestors, reports USA Today.

"Everything was peaceful, and then you had a few people step in to cause trouble," said protestor Kelsey Helt. "Then there was just chaos."

Despite some bumps, the Clinton campaign appeared to succeed in its mission of unifying the Democratic Party and winning over Sanders supporters. Now, 73 percent of those who backed Sanders during the primaries said they will vote for Clinton come November, according to CBS News.  

Clinton is still behind Trump by a large margin among male voters and whites without a college degree. Neither candidate has a hold on independent voters, and both candidates will most likely try to appeal to this demographic throughout the general election cycle. 

Sources: CBS News, The Guardian, USA Today / Photo credit: Flickr

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