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Poll Analysis: Trump Cuts Clinton's Lead In Half

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is losing her lead over Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, according to new polling data.

Clinton holds an average lead of 42 percent to 37 percent over Trump, five nationwide polls show. But the 5-point lead is half of what Clinton had shortly after the Democratic National Convention in July, suggesting that her bump in the polls has already subsided.

Both candidates have been marred by controversies over the past month. Trump's issues have largely been due to questionable campaign strategies, such as making a pitch for black voters but only speaking to mostly white audiences, as CNN noted.

But Clinton has been dogged by constant revelations about her Clinton Foundation dealings while she served as Secretary of State and whether she used her office as a way to get donations to her billion-dollar nonprofit organization.

Questions about Clinton's use of private email for Secretary of State purposes are also likely to linger after the FBI released its notes on the Clinton email investigation, as well as the interview in which the Democratic nominee participated.

In that interview, Clinton said she “did not recall receiving any emails she thought should not be on an unclassified system,” the FBI documents say, according to The New York Times. “She relied on State officials to use their judgment when emailing her and could not recall anyone raising concerns with her regarding the sensitivity of the information she received at her email address.”

Sources: CNN, The New York Times / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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