The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times tabulation, a leading tracking poll, showed on Monday that Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump is up by nearly 4 points over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
The poll’s new results come in the aftermath of the FBI announcing they would be reopening the investigation into Clinton’s handling of classified information while Secretary of State.
The FBI found newly discovered deleted emails from Clinton on Congressman Anthony Weiner’s personal computer while investigating the Congressman’s second sex scandal. And Weiner is married to Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, who also used his computer.
In July, FBI Director James Comey revealed that Clinton was “extremely careless” in her handling of the nation’s security secrets but there wasn’t “malicious intent”. However, now he says new evidence has come to his attention.
We’re still not sure what it is, but it was most likely Abedin’s personal Yahoo account that was used on the computer.
Unsurprisingly, the new USC/Times polling had Trump at 46.6 percent support to Clinton’s 43.2.
To be fair, other polls still have Clinton in the lead, but they showed the margin narrowing rapidly.
The most dramatic shift was in the Washington Post/ABC News poll, which had Clinton up by 12 points a week ago, but now only she’s only 1 point ahead in its latest count.
The IDB-TIPP tracking poll showed Clinton up by 1.
The IDB reported, “Clinton’s lead shrinks to 1 point as voters react to the FBI’s email bombshell.”
The Rasmussen Reports survey had Clinton up by 3.
But the Rasmussen survey noted the two candidates have been within 2 points or less of each other nationally all last week in a survey with a plus or minus 2.5 percent margin of error. This differential means they could be tied.
The Rasmussen report said:
“In a survey less than two weeks ago but before the latest FBI announcement, 70 percent of voters said Clinton’s mishandling of classified information is important to their vote for president, and 53 percent disagreed with the FBI’s decision in July not to seek a criminal indictment against her.”
Trump had closed the gaps in the polls right before the Presidential debates, which was at 41.5 percent.
Trump’s average in this Presidential race is officially the highest it’s been all year.
In any other election year, for any other major party nominee, topping out at 42 percent wouldn’t be too advantageous, but he is running against crooked Hillary, so this indicates good fortune for Trump.
Hillary’s lead has declined by 3.4 points.
Even The Chicago Tribune said Democrats should tell Hillary to step aside.
Hot Air reported:
“It’s not so much that they expect Trump’s surge to carry him past Clinton in the national average – although stay tuned – as that, if he narrows her lead to two points or so on the final weekend, the odds that the polls are wrong by pure chance and that Trump will pull the upset become much higher.
Ten days ago, to believe he had a chance of winning, you had to believe that national polls were off by six points, a number outside the margin of error in many surveys. That would be a catastrophic miscalculation. A two-point lead, though, is within the MOE of most surveys, essentially making the race a toss-up.”
What the American people dislike about Hillary Clinton is becoming the forefront of this Presidential election.
In key battleground states Trump was up by 7 in Georgia, 4 in Nevada, and 2 in North Carolina.
Clinton’s once sizeable lead in Pennsylvania was down to 2 and in Colorado, only 1.
In the key state of Florida, the New York Times showed Trump surging 46 percent to 42 percent.
This is looking good.