• US 2016 ELECTIONS

    Clinton leads in poll as debate looms

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    HILLARY Clinton has apparently rebounded from a rough stretch on the campaign trail to take a 6-point lead over Donald Trump in a new poll, yet she could jeopardize that advantage with her lax public schedule between now and Monday’s first debate, one analyst warned.

    “There is a risk involved,” said Chris Galdieri, a political science professor at St. Anselm College. “It’s pretty clear that being off the campaign trail for much of August did not do her campaign any favors.”

    Clinton, who won’t hold any public events as she preps for the showdown, leads Trump, 43-37 percent, among likely voters in a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. It indicates any edge Trump enjoyed from Clinton’s health woes and “basket of deplorables” gaffe may have been short-lived.

    But other national polls released yesterday show the race is much closer. Clinton leads by just 2 points, 40-38 percent, in an Economist/YouGov poll. And Trump holds a 2-point advantage, 39-37 percent, in a Reuters/Ipsos survey.

    The race may also be starting to break for the brash billionaire in some key battleground states.

    TNS

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