According to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday, the lead of Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton over Republican nominee Donald Trump — which had jumped significantly following the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia — has shrunk to less than 3 percent.
The poll of 1,154 likely voters indicates 42 percent prefer Clinton to 39 percent for Trump. The poll’s margin of error was roughly 3 percent, meaning the race is virtually even.
The poll also showed registered voters preferred Clinton by five percentage points, as opposed to eight percentage points on Monday.
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It isn’t known exactly why Clinton’s lead has shrunk, although it is possible the post-convention bump that gave her a more significant lead in many polls has worn off.
Trump’s support in polls had slipped in the past week after he got into a public spat with Khizr Khan, the father of an American soldier killed in Iraq. He also had issues with his own base after Republican leadership criticized the nominee’s comments to Khan, and amid reports of turmoil within his campaign.
Trump seemed focused on regrouping from these issues on Friday when he announced his economic policy advisory team and promised a comprehensive unveiling of his economic plan next week.
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He also appeared to be trying to mend fences with important Republicans, finally agreeing to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan and Arizona Sen, John McCain.
Despite the Reuters poll, Real Clear Politics — which averages several major polls — still has Clinton currently leading by nearly 7 percent.
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