The U.S. presidential election is only 6 days away and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is beginning to narrow the lead of Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton, according to recent poll results.
An ABC/Washington Post Tracker poll released on Tuesday shows Trump with a +1 point lead over Clinton (46 percent to 45 percent) in the 4 way race.
An Investor’s Business Daily/TIPP poll released on Tuesday shows Clinton with a + 1 point lead over Trump (45 percent to 44 percent) in the 4 way race.
An LA Times/USC Tracker poll released on Tuesday shows Trump with a + 4 point advantage over Clinton.
According to a Real Clear Politics average of major polls taken from 10/22 -10/31 Hillary Clinton has just a + 2.2 percent lead over Trump (47.5 percent to 45.3 percent).
Early last week Clinton’s average lead over Trump was above 4 percent.
Following the third and final debate on Wednesday October 19th, Clinton enjoyed a 6 percent average lead over Trump which came after Americans listened to the 2 candidates debate their policy positions and heard Trump rant about the election being “rigged” along with the claim that he would accept the election result if he wins.
Trump Finds More Leverage Against Clinton
Trump pounced on a October 24th report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that shows health care costs under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) would increase + 25 percent higher on average in 2017 with the federal insurance exchange.
The news added some fuel to Trump’s campaign and gave him more ammunition to attack Clinton.
Trump spoke on the campaign trail about “repealing” Obamacare and “stopping Hillary’s healthcare takeover.”
Trump’s momentum was also given an extra boost last Friday after FBI Director James Comey wrote a letter to Congress in which he claimed the FBI would review new e-mails from an unrelated case tied with the Secretary Clinton e-mail investigation, even as he admitted “we don’t know the significance of this newly discovered collection of e-mails, I don’t want to create a misleading impression.”
Clinton Still Has Electoral Vote Advantage
Hillary Clinton may be losing some momentum in the poll, but she is still favored to hold an advantage over Trump with electoral votes.
Based on a Real Clear Politics electoral map, Clinton is shown as having 259 likely electoral votes to Trump’s 164 with 115 tossup electoral votes still hanging in the balance that will impact the election results.
Some of the “tossups” come from electoral votes in key battleground states such as Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, along with other undecided states such as Nevada, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, New Hampshire, Arizona, and Maine.
Here’s my latest YouTube video with some additional commentary about Trump’s rising poll numbers.