Polls indicate Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump are tied in Georgia, a state that hasn't been won by a Democrat since 1992, when Bill Clinton beat President George H.W. Bush.
“Georgia is definitely now a true ‘battleground state,’ as much as its neighbor Florida,” said WAGA political analyst Matt Towery, adding that the poll results are similar to those conducted by TV stations in Tampa Bay and Orlando, Florida.
The Real Clear Politics polling average for Georgia has Hillary Clinton with a slight 0.03 percent advantage over Trump. The average consists of seven polls, with Trump winning three, Clinton winning two, and a tie in the remaining two. But Hillary Clinton gets the edge because she leads Trump by 7 percent in a JMC Analytics poll and 4 percent in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll.
Trump leads by 4 percent in a CBS/YouGov poll and only 1 percent in a Gravis poll.
If Hillary Clinton wins Georgia, she will join her husband as the only two Democrats to have won the state since 1980, when President Jimmy Carter, a native Georgian, beat Republican nominee Ronald Reagan there but ultimately got clobbered in the general election.
While a tight race in Georgia isn't good news for Trump, he is neck and neck with Clinton in Nevada, a purple state that has voted Democrat in the past two elections.
According to the Los Angeles Times, a Suffolk poll found that Clinton has only a 2 percent lead over Trump, 44 to 42 percent. But Trump has a stronger lead among male voters, 54 to 43 percent, than Clinton has with women voters, which is 44 to 39 percent.
Nonetheless, the Washington Examiner points out that a close race in Georgia could force Trump to spend precious campaign resources on a state that has reliably voted Republican since 1996. Trump is already far behind Clinton in fundraising, and is planning to spend nearly $5 million for TV ads in the battleground states of Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.