Clinton Holds Onto Lead |in Two New National Polls

     (CN) – After a mid-week surge by Republican Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton continues to hold a lead in the race for the White House Thursday morning in two respected national polls.
     The latest CBS News/New York Times poll shows the Democrat with a 3-point edge over Trump in both a head-to-head matchup and in a four-person race that also includes Libertarian Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein.
     Similarly, a new ABC/Washington Post tracking poll has Clinton up consisting up in a two- and four-person race, in this case edging Trump by 2 points.
     The takeaway from these polls is that while the race has tightened considerably nationally, recent revelations about the two candidates has done little to nothing to erode their base of support, and hasn’t caused a flight into one or another of their camps.
     A new Investor’s Business Daily/TIPP poll has the race as a tie again suggesting that for all the gyrations in polls and rhetoric, the story of the contest is the deep divisions that exist in the American electorate.
     Looking at the IBD/TIPP poll day in and day out, shows the relative positions of Clinton and Trump in the hearts of voters really hasn’t changed that much over time enthusiasm for Clinton remains flat, while Trump is doing slightly better in that department and that winning will come down to who does best in getting their most devoted supporters to the polls in the critical battleground states, especially Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
     Both the CBS News/New York Times poll and the ABC/Washington Post tracking polls were conducted after FBI Director James Comey sent a letter to Congress announcing the agency was conducting a new inquiry into Clinton’s emails during her tenure as secretary of state.
     Most of those contacted for both polls had heard about Comey’s letter before they began answering the pollsters’ questions.
     Most also said they were well-acquainted with reports that Trump made unwanted sexual advances toward a number of women.
     That said, six in 10 voters told their CBS News/New York Times inquisitors that the recent disclosures about each candidate would make no difference in how they vote.
     Those who did say the revelations will made a difference to them said they’d be more likely to be affected by the stories about Trump than those about Clinton.
     Two more localized polls show how strong Clinton and Trump remain in states they have long been expected to win.
     Thursday’s Field Polls, conducted in cooperation with U.C. Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies show Clinton poised for a huge victory in California, where she leads Trump by 20 points.
     At the same time, a University of Arkansas poll shows Trump up by 20 points.

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