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Clinton Still Holds Lead |After Comey Email Flap

(CN) - As the last full week of the 2016 presidential campaign begins, the polls show Hillary Clinton hanging onto her lead over Donald Trump despite Friday's flap over FBI Director James Comey's handling of newly discovered emails dating from the Democrat's tenure as secretary of state.

Trump, the GOP's standard-bearer, has been languishing in the polls and even stopped contributing his own money to his campaign three weeks ago.

Comey's controversial email to Congress, vaguely suggesting the FBI is reopening its inquiry into Clinton's handling of classified material after scores of emails were said to be discovered on a laptop belonging to Clinton aide Huma Abedin, seemed to give Trump a new lease on life over the weekend.

But a rash of new polls released Monday morning don't show the seismic shift in allegiance due to the latest email flair-up for Clinton. Instead, they show the traditional tightening of the numbers as Election Day approaches. Clinton, however, remains firmly in the lead.

Currently, Clinton's biggest lead is in the Rasmussen Reports poll, which has Clinton up by 3 points, garnering the supporting of 45 percent of likely voters compared to Trump's 42 percent, Libertarian Gary Johnson's 5 percent, and the Green Party Jill Stein's 2 percent.

The latest Investor's Business Daily poll has Clinton up by 2 points, as does Monday's ABC/Washington Post Tracking poll.

The only national snapshot that gives the edge to Trump on Monday is the Los Angeles Times/USC tracking poll, which has the billionaire real estate developer and reality television star up by 4 points.

As for the candidates' performance in battleground states, Clinton continues to lead in Pennsylvania (where a Remington Research poll released Monday shows her up by 2 points), but Trump is ahead in both North Carolina (by 2 points according to Remington Research) and Nevada (where Remington says he leads by 4 points).

As for Florida, two polls The New York Times/Siena poll and another from Remington Research show Trump pulling ahead with a 4 point lead over Clinton. However, two other polls, the NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist College poll and the Gravis poll, both have Clinton up by 1 point.

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