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Poll: Clinton Opens Up Big Lead Over Trump In Florida

Donald Trump may have shot himself in the foot when it comes to the must-win battleground state of Florida.

A new poll by Quinnipiac University shows Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, with an 8-point lead over the real estate mogul, a marked shift from a May poll that showed the two candidates tied, the New York Times reports.

The way Floridians responded to the pollster's other survey questions may explain the shift -- almost six in 10 Florida voters said they thought Trump's comments about Judge Gonzalo Curiel were racist. Curiel is the judge overseeing a lawsuit against Trump in California, brought by former students of the now-defunct Trump University.

Trump railed against Curiel while defending his real estate course, saying he wouldn't get a fair trial because of Curiel's heritage. Curiel was born in the U.S. to parents who immigrated from Mexico.

At a recent rally, Trump repeated his accusations.

“The judge, who happens to be, we believe, Mexican,” Trump told a San Diego, California, crowd while speaking about Curiel, according to the AP. “Which is great. I think that’s fine.”

But Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll, said Trump's slipping support in Florida probably isn't attributable to just one comment, the Times reports. The presumptive Republican nominee has based his campaign in part around ideas like building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

That doesn't sit well with most of the state's Latino population.

“It is Hillary Clinton’s best state and perhaps Donald Trump’s toughest lift," Brown said of Florida, according to the Times. "One reason might be Florida has a larger Hispanic population than the other two states, and Trump has clashed with Hispanic leaders over some of his remarks."

Sources: New York Times, AP / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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