- Thomson Reuters
Hillary Clinton has regained ground she lost to Donald Trump.
New polls out this week show the Democratic presidential nominee to be leading the Republican nominee in key swing states following a strong performance Monday night in the first presidential debate.
Four polls released Friday show Clinton ahead in Florida, Michigan, Nevada, and New Hampshire in a race that includes Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein. The Nevada poll lists Independent candidate Darrell Castle and Rocky De La Fuente, who has no party affiliation, but not Stein.
In Florida, the former secretary of state is up by 4 points, with 46% of the vote compared with Trump’s 42%, according to a Mason-Dixon poll.
Clinton leads Trump by 6 points in the Nevada poll, conducted by Suffolk University.
Trump was deadlocked with Clinton in the polls earlier this month, making gains in national surveys and in key swing states. His surge in the polls followed increased scrutiny over Clinton’s health and emails.
But Trump’s poll numbers are sagging again after a debate performance that some political observers are characterizing as disastrous.
Both a CNN/ORC instant poll immediately after the debate and an NBC News poll released Wednesday showed that voters thought Clinton performed better.
And Trump’s advisers have reportedly been struggling to prepare him for the next debate, scheduled for October 9 in St. Louis. Campaign advisers told The New York Times this week that there was concern Trump wasn’t willing to adequately prepare. And while people have been training Trump on how to appropriately respond to Clinton’s attacks, he reportedly wasn’t able to execute them in practice.