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LA Times Poll: Trump Leads By 6 Points Nationally

| by Nik Bonopartis
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Republican nominee Donald Trump leads Democrat rival Hillary Clinton by more than 6 points in a new national poll.

The Sept. 19 USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, which tracks the opinions of about 3,000 voters until election day, had Trump at 47.8 percent support, with Clinton at 41.1 percent.

Nationally, Clinton's lead has all but evaporated, with the Real Clear Politics aggregate of national polls putting her just 0.9 points ahead of the Republican businessman in a two-way race, and 0.7 points ahead in a four-way race that includes support for Libertarian Gary Johnson and the Green Party's Jill Stein.

The newest poll numbers are a dramatic shift from Clinton's commanding 15-point lead in aggregated polls in early August, when she was enjoying a strong push from the Democratic National Convention and avoiding the spotlight while Trump stumbled through several controversies.

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Since then, Clinton has been dogged by new accusations about impropriety at the Clinton Foundation, questions about her honesty, and a health scare in which she was caught almost collapsing on video after a 9/11 memorial ceremony.

Clinton's well-known aversion to media -- and tendency to keep information private -- led to fellow Democrats taking shots at her in recent days.

“Antibiotics can take care of pneumonia,” tweeted David Axelrod, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, reports the Los Angeles Times. “What's the cure for an unhealthy penchant for privacy that repeatedly creates unnecessary problems?”

The Los Angeles Times poll isn't the only recent survey to put Trump ahead -- the Republican also leads by 1 point in a Fox News poll, and a CNN/ORC poll had him ahead by a point as well, according to Real Clear Politics. Trump has also surged to leads in important battleground states including Florida and Ohio, although some recent polls show Clinton hanging on to slim margins in those states.

“I don’t see how Trump can win this election,” a Democratic strategist told the Los Angeles Times. “But I can see a lot of ways Hillary can lose.”

Sources: Los Angeles Times (2), Real Clear Politics (2) / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr
 

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